The Moonee Beach Action Group is opposed to the development of a fast food outlet and service station in the village.
The Moonee Beach Action Group is opposed to the development of a fast food outlet and service station in the village. Trevor Veale

Chamber addresses Moonee development concerns

A FAST food outlet and service station planned for development at Moonee Beach may be better suited to a "less sensitive" location.

That's the view of the Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches Chamber of Commerce, who this week weighed in on the controversial $3.5 million development planned for the corner of Moonee Beach and Settlers Rds.

The development application, which was lodged by Gowings and states the proposal meets traffic, noise and environmental guidelines, is being considered by Coffs Harbour City Council.

However, health risks posed by the development are the primary concern of the Moonee Beach Action Group, which says fuel vapour from the proposed petrol station and increased traffic through town may affect the adjacent Goodstart Early Learning childcare centre.

The childcare centre is located directly next to the proposed service station.

Chamber of Commerce president Tegan Ewart acknowledged the development is contentious, but said the chamber believes the community and developers can work together for an agreed outcome.

"The Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches Chamber of Commerce feel that while a service station in the Moonee area close to the highway would benefit passing motorists and be a convenience to locals as well, the choice of location close to a preschool leaves a lot to be desired," Ms Ewart said.

"Development needs to be about balance and achieving the best outcomes for all interested parties.

"While there are many benefits to the new service centre, including employment opportunities, we believe these benefits can still be achieved in a less sensitive location."

Approval of the development application is expected to be a matter for incoming councillors after September's election.



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