Passed: Councillors vote on the proposed McDonald’s development in Yamba.
Passed: Councillors vote on the proposed McDonald’s development in Yamba.

McDonald's on way for Yamba

LESS than 24 hours after an emotionally charged Clarence Valley Council meeting, the approval of the Yamba McDonald’s development application was sinking in on the streets of the popular seaside town yesterday.

The DA was approved 5-2 in a sometimes fiery meeting in Maclean on Tuesday night.

Deputy Mayor Jim Simmons, who chaired the debate, said council had no option other than to approve the development.

“The professional advice from a planning officer was to recommend the development. I highly doubt a rejection would be sustained in the Land and Environment Court,” Cr Simmons said.

One of the two councillors who voted to reject the application, Sue Hughes, said she was disappointed.

“I am disappointed with the decision, as I believed there was a good case for ‘not in the public’s interest’... ,” she said.

Yamba Chamber of Commerce vice-president Tania Williams was bitterly disappointed.

Ballina-based McDonald’s franchisee Scott Campbell, who will own and operate the Yamba store, was unavailable for comment yesterday.



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