Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Macca in Tecoma

McDonalds has its place in our world and our cities. But there are areas that must surely be off limits for McDonalds. One can't imagine at McDonalds in Salamanca Place in Hobart, nor in Hahndorf in Adelaide, not in the main street of Katoomba in Sydney's Blue Mountains or in Melbourne's Dandenong Ranges.

But guess what? Once again the evil VCAT, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has struck, and given approval for a McDondalds in Melbourne's Dandenong Ranges, specifically in Tecoma.

Local residents don't want it. Local council doesn't want it. Once again VCAT rides over what local people want.

Locals are haven't given up yet. They are 'sitting in'. Link here.

VCAT constantly goes against what local residents want. Surely one objective of VCAT is to buffer  local people against multinational interests . From what I see, VCAT supports big business and property developers and now, even multi national food companies. VCAT is an absolute disgrace, proved time and time again.

Our present Liberal Government says nothing, because their developer  and multi national mates are party donors and VCAT is certainly swinging to their interests. You may call me on that, but the proof is in the pudding.

10 comments:

  1. Hideous.
    Another blot of crassness on the face of our environmental beauty.

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    1. Jayne, I think The Dandenongs is a pretty special area and is due more protection.

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  2. Sigh.

    Thank heaven all these authorities are 'independent', eh!

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    1. FC, they don't even seem to be pretending they are at the moment.

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  3. Faine was talking about this the other morning, but I had to leave the car and didn't hear it all. I think it stinks, as if you need it up there. Apparently it's meant to be a 24 hour one too. WTF for?

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    1. Fen, I heard it first there too, but was later in the electric newspaper.

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  4. I think there are too many Maccas everywhere already, but my voice won't be heard any more than the locals who are protesting against one n their area.

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    1. River, I suppose they are legitimate businesses and can't generally be stopped, but I think many of us would like to many less of them.

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  5. So maybe if the locals who don't want it don't use it .. just saying!

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    1. Well Grace, you know what kids are like and a good percentage will use it, along with day trippers. It is probably a noisy minority who don't want it, but that doesn't mean it should go ahead.

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