McDonald’s Belmont forced to provide shower for staff

The McDonald's at Belmont Forum will be demolished when the chain opens its new, bigger store close by.
The McDonald's at Belmont Forum will be demolished when the chain opens its new, bigger store close by.

McDONALD’S will be forced to include shower facilities for its staff when it builds a replacement store outside Belmont Forum.

In a word of warning and potential precedent for other town centre developers, the City of Belmont requested the shower be included to encourage commuting workers to use alternatives to cars.

The shower requirement was among the conditions imposed as part of the building’s development approval last Wednesday by the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel, despite an explanation that most McDonald’s staff would typically not use or expect such a facility at work.

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Planner Murray Casselton, representing McDonald’s, said most fast-food employees were teenagers who were dropped at work by parents.

Any who did ride or walk generally lived close enough to not require a shower, Mr Casselton said.

“They say they don’t need showers, they just need lockers,” he said.

He said only one other McDonald’s in Perth had a shower, which was the store in Jolimont.

City of Belmont staff members involved in last Wednesday’s meeting maintained commuting alternatives should be promoted in this instance because the fast-food store would be within the Belmont town centre.

The fast-food giant has won approval to replace its existing Belmont Forum outlet with a modern restaurant that will be built just behind the KFC and Red Rooster outlets nearby and facing Fulham Street.

The existing McDonald’s will later be demolished.

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