No Macca’s for Dunsborough ... yet?

KIM KIRKMANBusselton Dunsborough Times
No Macca’s for Dunsborough ... yet?
Camera IconNo Macca’s for Dunsborough ... yet? Credit: Busselton Dunsborough Times

National fast food retailer McDonald’s has confirmed it has no immediate plans for Dunsborough, but did not respond to questions about a potential development in the town this year.

Dunsborough resident David Binks said a fence erected last week near the site rumoured to be earmarked for the development had sparked concern among Dunsborough residents.

He said community members were concerned a development might have progressed “under the radar”.

But McDonald’s spokeswoman Skye Oxenham played down the association this week.

“We have no immediate plans for Dunsborough, ” she said.

“We never submitted a (development application) for a restaurant in Dunsborough.”

Dunsborough-based City of Busselton councillor Rob Bennett said the council had been advised the fence around the eastern portion of the Dunsborough Hotel was “a response to an internal issue affecting the strata group about reciprocal access over the site”.

The City of Busselton also confirmed it had had no discussions with McDonald’s this year.

COB director of planning and development services Paul Needham said McDonald’s had expressed interest in the parcel of land in 2013.

“But we have not been notified of any change in ownership,” he said.

“The City has not been in any further discussion with McDonald’s since September last year and no application has been submitted from McDonald’s to operate a restaurant at this site or any other Dunsborough site.”

Mr Binks said a question was put to the community through Facebook page Busselton Dunsborough Our Voice in September asking whether people wanted a takeaway drive-through at the entrance to the Dunsborough central business district.

“The general consensus was shock, horror, no thanks.

“We had an incredible response and we had 700 to 800 people all of a sudden join Our Voice, ” Mr Binks said.

Another Facebook site against the proposed development, Dunsborough says McOff, drew 1340 likes but page administrators have been largely inactive since August.

“McDonald’s sent down people from their PR company in August/ September last year and residents were lining up to say no to them, ” Mr Binks said.

“They were seeking public consultation and we’ve heard nothing since then, but a few weeks ago construction tents went up around the site.”

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