Spotted in Bangalow at the urban site that was destroyed by fire in December 2010.
Spotted in Bangalow at the urban site that was destroyed by fire in December 2010.

Sign of a tall order

A McDONALD'S restaurant is being built in Bangalow?

Confusion was the reaction of many locals who wandered along the town's main street to find a two-by-two-metre McDonald's banner hanging on a building site fence on Friday.

Builders have been erecting a structure at the site which burnt down almost two years ago, but speculation intensified when the banner popped up last week.

"I know the people who are building there and they've got approval to build a restaurant, but they're not building a McDonald's," Bangalow Chamber of Commerce president Greg Crump said.

"I find it funny more than anything. (The stunt) could be a social comment on the way the world is going or just a bit of a lark; who knows?"

Greg Clark Building is the company erecting the structure, and its partner, Jenny Clark, was adamant a McDonald's was not being built. "It's not McDonald's getting into business at Bangalow, I can assure you of that," Ms Clark said.

"Someone took the sign from McDonald's at Lismore or Ballina and hung it on the site fence."

While most people have disregarded the stunt as harmless, it managed to cause a stir among locals and the media.

"Talkback radio were all over it," Ms Clark said.

Mr Crump claimed a McDonald's could not be built in Bangalow for the same reason it was rejected in Byron Bay - lack of parking.



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