McDonald's: abandon plans to build a massive 24/7 store opposite the kindergarten in Tecoma
  • Petitioning Catriona Noble

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Managing Director/ CEO McDonald's Australia
Catriona Noble
Proposed Franchisee
James Currie
Public Affairs Manager, McDonald's Australia
Laura Keith
Media Advisor, McDonald’sAustralia
Bronwyn Stubbs
Director of Corporate Communications, McDonald's Australia
Ron Christianson
VP/Chief Financial Officer
Marty McLysaght
Group Brand Manager McDonald's Australia
Astrid Dare
Shire of Yarra Ranges Council
Victorian Premier
Premier Denis Napthine
Victorian Minister for Planning
Matthew Guy MP
Victorian Premer
Premier Denis Napthine
McDonald's Board of Directors
Vice President, Global External Communications
Heidi Barker
Manager, Global External Communications
Becca Hary
Manager, Global External Communications
Jon Rump
U.S. Media Relations Director
Lisa McComb
VP Corporate Social Responsibility
Bob Langert
Global Chief Brand Officer
Steve Easterbrook

McDonald's: abandon plans to build a massive 24/7 store opposite the kindergarten in Tecoma

    1. Garry Muratore
    2. Petition by

      Garry Muratore

      Belgrave, Australia

McDonald's plans to build a huge 24/7 store and drive-through in our town on the Dandenong ranges -- demolishing local iconic buildings on the site and ensuring it goes directly opposite the kindergarten and school.

For our kids, the nearby national park and our beautiful small-town culture, there could be nothing worse. 

Every day, kids as young as five years old would need to walk past a giant advertisement for junk food just to go to school. This is despite health experts warning of the damaging impact of junk food on young children -- and child obesity spiralling out of control. Perhaps even more worryingly, if it goes ahead here, it could set a dangerous precedent of junk food stores being built next to schools. 

Our community doesn't want that. The plan is opposed by 90% of residents. The application was rejected by council. But instead of respecting our wishes, McDonald's appealed the decision and are using their huge financial and legal power to bully their way into our town. They're now suing locals who are objecting to the building of the store in the Victorian Supreme Court -- and there are accounts of McDonald's private security on the proposed site threatening and intimidating locals who have peacefully protested against the plan.

If McDonald's win this fight, it'll break our hearts. This town, our special part of the world that we think deserves protecting, would be irreversibly changed. That's why we need your help. The only way McDonald's will walk away now is if they see it becoming a huge brand risk for them -- that thousands of consumers will stand with us in opposing their plan.

Please sign my petition and join our community standing up against McDonald's -- and help ensure they abandon plans to build the store opposite our primary school.

It'd be devastating for our beautiful little town and national park. 

You can also leave a message for McDonald's on their Facebook page here 

Recent signatures


    1. ABC's 7.30 covers the campaign!

      Garry Muratore
      Petition Organizer

      "Mac attack, the showdown between a tiny town and a fast food giant"

    2. Reached 75,000 signatures
    3. 10,000!!!

      Mike B
      by Mike B
      Petition Organizer

      from 'No McDonald's in the Dandenong Ranges' FB page:
      TOGETHER WE DID IT....10,000 people officially say "McDonald's Australia: Leave Tecoma and the Dandenong Ranges alone!"

      Thank you SO much.. we all shared and asked our friends and networks, and we made it! It's a massive, emotional and very happy day for everyone up here in the Dandenongs, but we could not have done it without the help from our friends, both local and global. THANK YOU ALL, 10,000 times!

      Now we ask that you please help up make an impact with this achievement... Please go to McDonald's Australia and tell them the news. You can talk about it, or just paste this link as a comment. Either way, we must let them know the sheer amount of objection that still exists, and how far across the world it really is!

      Again, thank you. With much love and awe from all the people of the Dandenong Ranges and beyond xoxoxox

      NO McDonalds in The Dandenong Ranges

      For people who wish to show their support for keeping McDonalds out of our beautiful hills... The...

    4. Reached 8,000 signatures
    5. Campaign update

      Mike B
      by Mike B
      Petition Organizer

      Hi all,

      Almost 9,500 signatures! Let's see if we can get to the magic number of 10,000.

      In case you missed it, our story has gone global on CNN:

      Tecoma continues to resist Maccas who plan to demolish the Hazelvale dairy & Saffron cottage buildings this month. Demolition could start any day now. Upcoming events are :

      * Yummy Soup not Yucky McDonalds - a chance to share a cup of soup and learn about the ongoing campaing against the development - Sunday 19th May:

      * Non Violent Direct action training - time TBC. Email your name and phone number to if interested.

      * Ongoing protests outside Wantirna & Boronia McDonald's stores (run by the proposed Tecoma franchisee James Currie) - Next one is 6.30 Saturday outside McDonald's Wantirna.

      * FATSPACE exhibition at DVD Destination

      *More info:

    6. Reached 7,000 signatures
    7. Must-see video!

      Mike B
      by Mike B
      Petition Organizer

      Hi all,

      Over 3,000 signatures! Thanks for showing your support.
      Please watch this awesome video which shows our vibrant community defending Tecoma and the natural beauty of our surroundings.

      Reclaiming Tecoma

      If you believe in 'No Maccas in the Hills', take a second to fill in this petition - Music Track: 'That home' by Cinematic Orchestra

    8. Reached 1,500 signatures
    9. Reclaim Tecoma from McDonalds - Community Garden planting!

      Mike B
      by Mike B
      Petition Organizer

      Hello all,

      Sunday, 14 October 2012 10:00am
      Tecoma - Burwood Highway - vacant lot next to DVD store.

      VCAT has shown contempt for community opposition and local democracy by approving a new McDonald's in Tecoma. Lets show McDonald's that it is the community who controls our public spaces not the corporation with the deepest pockets! Come and be a part of setting up a new community garden in Tecoma on the site. Bring your plants, placards, gardening tools and fighting spirit. It is time to take back our community - the fight has only just begun.

    10. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 10 days ago

      A business what promotes bad health shouldnt exist

    • Justin Gee RALEIGH, NC
      • 14 days ago


      • 17 days ago

      McDonalds is a massive company full of unhealthy crap processed food. It empowers people with shit.

      The foods lazy and unhealthy.

    • Miss Ball's 8th Grade Class CLARKSVILLE, TN
      • 20 days ago

      14 of 31 8th grade students are in support of the petition.

    • Jason Deleon LA PORTE, TX
      • 23 days ago

      Down with McDonalds!


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