Maccas told to dim golden arches

THE iconic golden arches of McDonald's might not burn so bright in Murwillumbah.

Tweed Shire Council planning officers are recommending the council next week approve the McDonald's at a former Norco factory in South Murwillumbah as long as dimmer switches are installed on the restaurant's neon lights.

The condition - one of 124 attached to an approval council officers are recommending councillors adopt next week - is aimed at preventing the McDonalds and a proposed IGA supermarket from offending residents and ruining the view of Mt Warning.

However, New Leaf Cafe owner Gary Bagnall, speaking on behalf of eight food vendors, said they feared it would ruin their businesses and leave families without an income.

"I am here because they are too afraid to be here to tell you themselves," Mr Bagnall said.

"In Mur'bah we don't get all that many tourists but those that do come through will eat.

"We are going to lose some of those people to McDonalds."

Mr Bagnall said even a little drop in trade would have a huge impact on food businesses in Murwillumbah.

"If I lose five to six customers a day then that is $2000 a week," Mr Bagnall said.

"As a struggling business I can't afford it and that's three people that would have to go

"I just wanted to come before you (councillors) to tell you how afraid we are."

Another of the conditions council planners are suggesting for the $3 million development include one that would make the building more "in character" with the area, creating a restaurant that looked different to other McDonalds restaurants.

Councillors will decide on the application at Tuesday's council meeting.



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