Happy meals for Nambucca

THE golden arches are coming to Nambucca.

McDonald's plans to build a restaurant on the Pacific Highway at Nambucca, a development that will bring more than 80 new jobs and work for local services into the community.

McDonald's Australia corporate communication manager Bronwyn Stubbs said the company has bought two blocks of land at Bellwood, south of Nambucca Heads.

“Our development officers see the viability of a restaurant in this location and the potential for growth,” Ms Stubbs said.

“A McDonald's restaurant employs on average 80 workers and we envisage using local services.”

The restaurant would be situated near the Nambucca Plaza, which is on the investment radar at the moment due to Nambucca Shire Council currently considering a development application (DA) for a 32 specialty store complex across the highway.

Nambucca Shire Mayor Rhonda Hoban said while the DA has yet to be lodged, she expected it to go before government departments for scrutiny, given the site fronts the Pacific Highway.

“If they (McDonald's) do employ local people, then obviously I'm very pleased about it,” Ms Hoban said.

“Locals may be against it, depending on how it will compete with local food outlets and their stances on takeaway food.

“But if people are going to buy takeaway, they will.”

Ms Hoban said there is no guarantee both the DAs for the 32-store complex and the McDonald's restaurant will be approved.

“Both will be subject a complete assessment process,” she said.

Ms Stubbs said McDonald's plans to lodge a development application for the restaurant by the end of February.

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