joined with 250 community members for the 'Show You Say...NO! To McDonalds in Tecoma:
Reflective Walk Protest' on the weekend. I was impressed by the turnout, given it
was the wettest June day on record.
of the purposes of the walk was to pledge on behalf of family members to No McDonalds
in Tecoma. Organisers report that the 250 who attended on the day were
representative of over 2,000 family members saying No to McDonalds in Tecoma.
members walked from the Belgrave Town Park to the site in Tecoma and stood in
one minutes reflective silence led by event organisers Jessica and Merryn.
the minutes silence community members placed their messages of No on the fence
and moved to FatSpace (in the same
building as DVD Destination) where I spoke, followed by Brian Baker who led a rousing rendition of
the Ballad of Tecoma. In speaking to the crowd I reminded people as to why I
thought McDonalds in Tecoma was a bad idea. I acknowledged that we are all here
and say no for our own reasons but for me, these are my reasons.
|Merryn and Jessica wanted to take action and came up|
with the idea of a reflective walk from Belgrave to Tecoma.
voted against the development based on concerns around intensity of traffic, we
know that Burwood Highway will be so much more dangerous, more congested and
because of that we'll see more 'rat running' through local streets. I was
concerned about the cultural significance of the Dandenongs, namely Sherbrooke
Forest, which is so important that view lines in and out of the forest are listed
as being of state significance by the National Trust. I was concerned about the built form, being
blocky, boxy and bulky, terms that came very familiar at the VCAT appeal.
|Local singer/songwriter Brian Baker is |
intrinsically linked to the campaign as the
writer and performer of the Ballad of Tecoma,
you can check out his performance on youtube.
concerned with the poor articulation to the street frontage, the building does
not integrate well to the frontage. I am very concerned about the interface
with residential areas, I would not like to be one of the residents abutting
the development as I think the impacts on their amenity will be enormous. I'm
concerned about the acoustics, as hills dwellers we all know that the hills and
valleys play tricks with the sound and noise can travel long distances. I was
concerned with the drive through configuration which crosses a public
carriageway not once but three times.
concerned about the safety of pedestrians on site and the lack of dedicated
pedestrian space on site, I believe it's because McDonalds don't want you to
get out of your car, particularly as 70% of their business in generated through
the drive through. I was concerned about the configuration of the disability
car park, located close to the driveway entrance and exit on Burwood Hwy, it
will be nightmarish to try and get out of that car park.
concerned about the excessive signage and visual clutter of the signage
proposed and last but certainly not least I was concerned about the failure of
the development to be in keeping or enhance the neighbourhood character of
there be no doubt that my concerns were based on planning matters. When council
voted unanimously to refuse the application that was representative democracy
in action. However the decision by VCAT to approve the application was far from
democratic. Made by tribunal members that have no accountability to the local
community, are not representative of the local community and don't need to take
into account the number of community objections nor community aspiration, it is
far from democratic and fundamentally flawed.
finished by making an observation, last time I said this I was accused of
incitement but I wanted people to know categorically that this was not
incitement but an observation and that is that you aint seen nothing yet.
to Gregg who's uploaded a video of the reflective walk on youtube, you can check it out here.
at 1535 Burwood Hwy, Tecoma, FatSpace
is a retail space set up to tackle contentious, confronting, current and controversial
community issues, they are currently calling for entries to "Junk Food:
fast, fried and fatal".
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