ANTAYA ADEBAHR-STRAHAN, RACHAEL CLIFFORD, AMY EWERS, MICHAEL HEATON, BETHANY HOPE, HERLYN KAUR, BECKY KILMINSTER, SARAH MAKSE, PETE MAZANEC, DANIEL MORRIS, REBEKAH O’HEARN, JOSH RICHARDS, CHARLOTTE SAXON, ISABELLA SULLIVAN, KARINA VAKIL, JESSE MARTIN, SHANNON WELLS – WITH CHRIS THOMSON
A 24/7 McDonald’s has been recommended for approval on the site of a defunct Chicken Treat outlet at the Waterford Plaza shops not far from Curtin University.
The planned $2.37 million eatery received no objections after being advertised to 12 householders and building owners in the area.
Asked why only 12 parties were directly advised of the mooted Maccas, in light of controversy over McDonald’s eateries erected recently in the Perth suburbs of Applecross and Harrisdale, South Perth Deputy Mayor Glenn Cridland said the consultation process had complied with council policy.
“Council policy P301 ‘Community Engagement in Planning Proposals’ is a local planning policy adopted by the City of South Perth council that identifies the extent of community engagement required for various types of planning proposals,” Mr Cridland said.
“The public consultation undertaken by the city specifically in relation to the development application for the proposed McDonald’s … was done to the extent and in the manner that is required by the city’s policy P301.
“Under the “Area 1” consultation method, individual property owners, occupiers and/or strata bodies were invited to inspect the plans and to submit comments during a minimum 14-day period.”
Mr Cridland said that ‘Take-Away Food Outlet’ was a permitted land use for the District Centre Commercial zone, in which Waterford Plaza sits. He said that, as a result, the planned Maccas did not need to be advertised.
“The site on which the proposed McDonald’s is to be located had a Chicken Treat take-away restaurant operating on it and there is not a significant change in amenity, impact or use by the new proposed development,” Mr Cridland said.
At present, the closest McDonald’s to Curtin University is at East Victoria Park. The Waterford Plaza one would be a short stroll, or a quick drive, across Kent Street from Curtin’s main campus at Bentley.
“I wouldn’t agree,” Adam Anderson of The Pink Van ice cream and coffee truck, parked at Curtin University, said of the proposed McDonald’s.
“But you can’t stop it.”
On the back of a recommendation of approval by the City of Perth, a state assessment panel will determine the fate of the Waterford Plaza Maccas at a meeting on March 22.
The 24-hour operating time was not identified in the consultation letter sent to the 12 householders and landowners. The information was included and advertised in a report published on the city’s website.
The city’s planning report to the state assessment panel says that: “Had the city received any enquiries from the public, the city would [have] advised them accordingly”.
“I don’t really mind,” Curtin pharmacy student Megan Chidlow said.
“I never use that shopping centre and I like Maccas so I might go there more if there’s a Maccas there.”
If the project is approved, the onetime Chicken Treat building will be demolished, and the single-floor Maccas will rise in its place. The McDonald’s would provide both dine-in and drive-thru service.
“There is enough Maccas already but it’s good that they are using the space,” Kelmscott resident Sophie Boughton said.
A Hungry Jack’s drive-thru is located immediately to the west of the planned McDonald’s, and a KFC drive-thru nearby to the east.
“Don’t talk to me about Maccas,” Eden Hill resident Fern Nicholson said.
“I’m a HJ’s fan.”
On March 21, this story was updated with quotes from people who were at Curtin University that day.