Stop the building of McDonalds in Tecoma, Victoria.
  • Petitioned Catriona Noble, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, McDonald's Australia

This petition was delivered to:

McDonald's Australia Limited (McDonald's)
Catriona Noble, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, McDonald's Australia

Stop the building of McDonalds in Tecoma, Victoria.

    1. Rachel White
    2. Petition by

      Rachel White

      Melbourne, Australia

For years the public have showed utter outcry against the building of a McDonald's Restaurant in Belgrave/Tecoma/Upwey area. None of us want a McDonald's restaurant anywhere near the Dandenong Ranges. We all agree. So why have they won? Who knows! How? No-one knows!

Just some of the undeniable problems here:

It's DIRECTLY across the road from a primary school.

Garbage will be strewn from Tecoma right through all the hill suburbs? McDonald's flail that they have a program to prevent this.. I have never seen a McDonald's that didnt create horrible waste.

Some say it will give opportunities for their kids to have jobs. Is this really worth our way of life? Nope. This isn't just about Tecoma, its about all the entire hills suburbs.

Our tourism (The Hills' biggest earner) would be threatened by this disaster. At least our tourist dollars stay here and not go overseas like Mcdonalds profits.

Safety is a massive issue for every one in the area with increased traffic in an area that already gets beyond safe congestion as well as noise pollution.

There has now been media coverage from the local Leader Newspapers, Channel 7, Channel 9 and The Herald Sun - this is so fantastic but we need to push it. We need to ensure we continue to be in the spotlight until we have pushed this to agree with the community wishes.

You can see updated information and what our local Greens Councillor of Yarra Ranges, Cr Samantha Dunn is doing for the cause. You'll also find below an exerpt of what she has written, with a link to the VCAT ruling:

"The tribunal decision makes for disappointing reading (you can read a copy here). When I read the 56 pages, it seemed I was at a different hearing to the Tribunal Members. They have paid scant regard to the 320 written objections to VCAT or to the 30 community submitters at the hearing."

Item 8. of the ruling sheds particular light on the problem at hand, and sums it up to a degree. they know... so why continue??

"McDonald’s Australia Limited has requested the Tribunal to review Council’s decision. Over three hundred and twenty (320) statements of grounds have been lodged with the Tribunal in support of the Council’s decision. The grounds relied upon by residents include a global fast food company would be inconsistent with the tourism ‘offer’ or ‘brand’ of the Dandenong Ranges. The building would be too large and inconsistent with Tecoma’s character. The proposal would cause a wide range of adverse offsite impacts including noise, illumination from the advertising, litter, food preparation odours, antisocial behaviours and public safety, adverse impacts on health, and adverse impacts on native fauna. Furthermore, the traffic generated by this proposal would make worse the existing traffic congestion on Burwood Highway at peak times."

Please also see some updated media coverage this one from Maroondah Weekly.

Stand up for what's right. Do not allow McDonald's to override our wishes. this is not okay. Do not allow the hills to become McDonald's next cash cow rather than what it is - our home, our streets and our beauty. Sign my petition if you agree.

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    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. Facebook page

      Rachel White
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! Thank you all!
      To keep more entwined with the activity surrounding this please like the Facebook page which you can find here:
      https://www.facebook.com/pages/NO-McDonalds-in-The-Dandenong-Ranges/220419864641673?fref=ts

      NO McDonalds in The Dandenong Ranges

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

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. We're getting close!

      Rachel White
      Petition Organizer

      With just over 5,500 supporters i'd like to take the opportunity again to thank you all, and ask that you please share this amongst the people you know so that we may reach our goal and lodge our petition with the relevant bodies.
      Many thanks in advance
      Rachel

    5. UPDATE!

      Rachel White
      Petition Organizer

      Wow, congrats everyone on the following effort, if you're unaware - check it out and get involved!
      http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/sitin-at-proposed-mcdonalds-site-20121017-27rbw.html

      Sit-in at proposed McDonald's site

      Residents protest at the proposed McDonald's site. Photo: Wayne Hawkins Opponents to a proposed McDonald's restaurant in the Dandenong Ranges plan to maintain an occupy-style protest despite a police warning for them to move on. Protesters have kept a round-the-clock presence at the Tecoma site where the fast-food giant plans to build a 24-hour restaurant since Saturday, that will continue overnight and into tomorrow.

    6. Community Garden Video

      Rachel White
      Petition Organizer

      Hi again all,
      I wanted to share this beautiful video of the community day. This touched my heart and made me tear up. Watch if you have a spare minute or two. This video speaks so loud, and so beautifully.
      https://vimeo.com/51404515

      Reclaiming Tecoma

      Music Track: 'That home' by Cinematic Orchestra

    7. Petitions Merged

      Rachel White
      Petition Organizer

      Hello all of you!
      We have recently been in touch with a Change.org representative who has enabled the linking of our petitions. This is fantastic! We now have almost 3,000 signatures!!
      I also want to thank every one who participated in the Community Garden initiative in Tecoma. I was unable to make it on the day unfortunately, but the news and the media have brought this to the forefront of public knowledge!
      I am so glad to have you all with us on this push to save our hills.
      If you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact me.
      Rachel

    8. Reached 1,000 signatures
    9. Sunday 14th October - Get involved!

      Rachel White
      Petition Organizer

      At 10am on Sunday 14th October there will be an event for those who want to get involved in this, the event has the following description:

      VCAT has shown contempt for community opposition and local democracy by approving a new McDonalds 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 apart of setting up a new communtiy 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 began

      Follow the below link for more information!
      https://www.facebook.com/events/480250218664808/

    10. Good on you all - Thank you!

      Rachel White
      Petition Organizer

      I want to thank you all so much for your fantastic support on this cause. It is great to see so many of you agree with our pledge to keep Tecoma free of McDonald's.

      Please note that there is another petition for the same cause, by another organiser. As far as we can tell, we're unable to combine our petitions - so please, if you have a moment, search for "McDonald's Australia: Leave Tecoma and the Dandenong Ranges alone!" on this site ( www.change.org ) and increase our chances of beating this!

      If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
      Rachel

    11. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • craig splatt MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      Because Mt Dandenong and the Dandenong Rangers have been free of large food corporations. Once one is built, the doors are open.

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    • Gabrielle Jonas AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      Because I want to protect the national park.

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    • Helen Moore AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      McDonalds have used their financial weight inapppropriately both here and in other countries for decades, it is time for them to listen to communities and learn to respect what cmmunities such as Tecoma actually want.

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    • Maree chandler AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      Peoples right to keep their town the way they want to live in it.

      To stop corprate greed taking over this lovely area.

      To prevent what has happened to the once lovely town of LILYDALE.

      rate payers have rights, we have rights ...Tecoma don't want the right to say NO.

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    • anna scheer MELBOURBW, AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      IF Mcdonals are allowed to build in the face of ongoing and united public opposition it will enable many more unwanted Mcdonalds franchises to be opened in non urban locations.

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