262-270 Brighton Road Somerton Park SA 5044

McDonalds Restaurant

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 12 months ago. It was received by them 1 day earlier.

(Source: City of Holdfast Bay, reference 110/00130/19)

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  1. Loren M. commented

    Targeting school children is not on, the proposed location is located within 200-400 meters from both a Primary and High school. This is becoming all to common for fast food outlets across Adelaide recent examples spring to mind in PAE Council and the City of Charles Sturt. No thanks.

  2. David Hulmes commented

    I completely object to this being built directly across from the high school and near a primary school which is clearly the objective here. In addition this is set on a residential street, metres up the road which will cause significant extra 24 hour traffic and seaforth avenue already has signifcant number of cars travelling at well above the speed limit and will make the continual route,used by cars to weave their way from diagonal road, even worse than it is. This would drive a significant amount of traffic straight through a residential area. This is completely unacceptable. I am also extremelly annoyed that this being able to be lodged and the council not having a duty of care to the residents by advising them.

  3. Tristan Kouwenhoven commented

    As a parent of a student at BSS, a teacher and more importantly, community member, I have a number of issues with this application and feel really strongly about it going forward in the proposed location, if at all.
    Firstly, why would we add a fast food chain that has very little nutritionally valuable food in a central location to a high concentration of adolescents, who rely on good diet to effectively learn. This food will have a noticeable academic impact on students who eat there for breakfast or lunch. Then there's the students who struggle to manage their behaviour. Adding high GI foods to their diet will make their behaviour more inconsistent. It is not acceptable for Macdonalds or the council to just say "well they shouldn't eat there then".
    Therefore, as a community member, why would I/we support that for our young people?
    As a teacher, the day Macdonalds opens close to school is the day my job gets harder. With concentration and behaviour of students potentially being reduced, plus students potentially truanting to go to Maccas, my job will move away from teaching and towards behaviour management. This has a flow on effect to all students I work with and grinds down the relationship between school and community.
    As a father, I don't want more opportunities for my kids to eat poor food, I would rather it be more difficult for them to have access to nutritionally poor food.
    I've also recently moved from a seaside town where a Macdonalds opened up. The immediate impact of litter around the beach (and in the water) was profound. I'm sure Macdonalds will try to clean up the litter around their restaurant, but a lot of people who take away will head to the beach to eat their food, and a significant increase in litter will follow. Macdonalds package their product in such a wasteful manner to begin with and this gross waste subsequently impacts on local environment.
    I have to acknowledge the small amount of value Macdonalds adds to a community with employment and financial support of community organisations, but that is no different to the value added by other small to medium businesses. If a city council wanted to assess the viability of a business like this opening up, particularly in the proposed location, they should be considering far more than the revenue it would raise for that council!

  4. Trevor Fox commented

    We have recently built a new home in Seaforth Ave Somerton Park approx. 6 months ago, located 200 meters from the proposed location and our daughter attends Paringa Park Primary.
    The current traffic that is using our street to cut through at high speeds from cars to trucks from the Brighton Road end is already crowding the back streets and it will only be a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed at its current level off traffic as we are a Residential Street with many young families.
    This also applies on Bowker St Somerton Park,near the primary school, which will only get worse if this progresses.

  5. Katie Gallagher commented

    I totally object to McDonald's being built so close to Brighton Secondary School and Paringa. This country has such a problem with obesity in teenagers and having this restaurant so close to 2 school will be too much temptation for the kids to ignore.

  6. Ali Sutton commented

    I believe this application should be unsuccessful. Targeting schools with current rates of childhood obesity is appalling. Increased traffic, noise and air pollution to local residents will also be a problem. Support our local businesses not a multinational.

  7. Eleanor Taylor commented

    I am not in favour of this application. I have recently lived interstate where there was a McDonalds directly opposite a primary school and was appalled at the amount of school children who purchased McDonalds both before and after school. It certainly did not encourage a healthy culture within the school community.

    I have a child who attends Paringa Park Primary School as well as a child who attends Brighton Secondary School. Whilst we will continue to educate our children on healthy food choices, I am concerned that a McDonalds located so very close to their schools and home will prove too great a temptation to them.

  8. kayne ensten commented

    I am strongly against this McDonald's in Somerton Park / Brighton.
    I am so upset about this even being considered. We don't need a McDonald's here.
    It will cause so much litter for the area, extra traffic at the intersection, more noise and the smell is just horrid.
    There are far too many schools within close proximity and my fear is kids are to easily tempted by this type of business, they will hang here and consume all the junk far too easy.
    We definitely don't want, all of our local small cafe and food businesses to come under threat of such corporate giants.. This type of business is no good for our culture, it adds no real value to the community.
    I know it will create jobs but small independent businesses will suffer.
    Our community is special, its full of gyms, healthy active people and we want to keep it that way.

  9. Christopher walsh commented

    No MacDonalds PLEASE. We try very hard to sell products with simple healthy and high quality ingredients and take pride in approaching zero waste outputs. Support local not multinational. No to McDonalds devious moves to feed school kids fast sugary foods.

  10. Marian McAllister commented

    As a parent of a Brighton High School student and local resident I also object to any plan to locate McDonalds within walking distance of two local schools. Please see this study for data on the relationship between fast food outlet density and ill health, https://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g1464
    The incredibly cheap sale of sugar filled and fat filled food from fast food chains is a high temptation for our children and youth. You only need a $1 to by a sugar laden drink of no nutritional value. Please fight hard against this plan! As a rate payer I would like to say Holdfast Bay does not need a McDonalds in our council area! We could be the council with the lowest density of fast food outlets, which would make an excellent goal for the councils Regional Health Plan.

  11. Kalani poetsch commented

    I attended Paringa park and now attend Brighton high, after a long day at school kids get tired and want food fast. Having a McDonald’s will be the first option for kids to go to before home. Kids should be eating healthy and learning about how what you eat can impact yourself and the environment. The McDonald’s industry is oily, fatty foods that will not provide the energy kids need and will result in obesity. This industry has also impacted the environment in so many ways, with plastic straws and cruel, cheap animals being slaughtered for disgusting burgers. Instead of building another McDonald’s, we should be building a place that has healthy food options that provide the correct nutrients that will help feed children/teenagers growing minds and bodies.

  12. Sue Erickson commented

    Please say no to this application.
    I live near to the site on the beach side of Brighton Rd. near a small park.
    Litter will be a big problem.
    I do not look forward to the hot fat cooking smells that come with fast food outlets. I chose to live here for the sea breeze not hot fat smells.
    This fast food outlet will have a damaging effect on the small food businesses that are directly opposite Brighton High School.
    I can’t understand why anyone would consider placing such unhealthy food choices near to 2 schools. I understand that the food is inexpensive but that comes at a cost long term.
    Please consider the community that you represent not just the money making aspect.

  13. Bronwyn McAllister commented

    As a parent of a student at BSS, I am also opposed to this proposal! I have witnessed students purchasing junk food before and after school from the local supermarket and frequenting the local fish and chip shop as well! So, I feel, that building a McDonald's will only encourage the students to buy junk food more frequently! Not to mention the environmental impact on our beautiful area with litter, higher volume of vehicles (encouraging unsavoury behaviour?) and most importantly, the negative effect on our children who choose to eat the unhealthy food options that McDonald's offer.

  14. Christos commented

    Parents need to parent. End of story. If you don’t want your child eating McDonalds, don’t let your child eat McDonalds. If your child defies you, then you need to address the relationship between yourself and your child. If you don’t like it, don’t give them your business. It’s as simple as that. I have a child at BSS and yes, we sometimes eat McDonald’s but my children also know the value of a balanced diet. Sometimes my child asks me if he can stop at Hungry Jacks in Brighton on the way home from school. Sometimes we say yes and he goes, other times we say no and he respects that. We have a good, open and honest relationship. We share mutual respect. Stop blaming organisations with slippery slope arguments to compensate for your parenting deficiencies. I wonder how many of the people complaining have never eaten fast food or worked in a chain business as one of their first jobs when they were younger? You are responsible for your own child, not society, not council and certainly not an organisation.

  15. Hayley commented

    As a City of Holdfast resident and rate payer I oppose this application. I am concerned at the possibility of increased traffic flow through our backstreets which are already used as cut through roads at high speeds. I am also concerned about the fast food smell which is likely to be affect local residents. The environmental impact of a fast food restaurant in our beachside suburb is also of great concern.

  16. Ange commented

    The public health system in Australia does not need to be under anymore financial strain. It is a known fact that obesity related diseases cost our health system billions of dollars.

    A recent report Weighing in: Australia’s growing obesity epidemic discusses the obesity crisis.

    “We are fast heading down the road the United States has travelled and they have discovered exactly how much it costs in terms of health and taxpayer dollars,” Ms Schmiede said.

    The report indicated the financial burden of obesity in Australia is estimated to be $11.8 billion. Those figures consist of $5.4 billion in direct health costs and $6.4 billion in indirect costs.
    (https://media.bupa.com.au/obesity-statistics-australia/)

    Building a fast food establishment in front of a school is extremely unethical.

    Our children need healthy food options in order to thrive and learn and grow into healthy adults.

    I am sure there is another location to be considered, which is not so close to our children's schools.

  17. Libby Edwards commented

    Christos, my concern is much more than just the nature of fast food vs a balanced diet. We want to respect the local businesses in the area, especially the 3 unique coffee shops which have opened in recent times. We are also concerned about the environmental impact McDonalds has - let's start by the use of plastic straws need I say more! The other factor which is of great worry is the increase of traffic on Brighton Rd which is already becoming heavier at certain times of the day. I believe all of these issues need to be seriously considered before such a development goes ahead. We don't need McDonalds in suburbia - why not in Glenelg or Marion shopping centre instead.

  18. Jasmine Heaney commented

    I strongly object to the proposed location due to its proximity to Brighton high school. There should be a legislated minimum distance of at least 1-2km from schools for this type of fast- food outlet. There is no need for this development and it will do harm to the health of Brighton high school students if it is to proceed.

  19. Sco Mo commented

    Seriously ,we already have enough fat kids at school already.

  20. Rachel Koch commented

    We are a family with 5 children (both highschool and primary age) living in this zone/area. Putting a maccas directly across from BSS and Paringa Park Primary School is deplorable. It can be stated again and again that the students are not the target, but let’s be honest.... they will be there all the time! We see enough problems with health, not to mention the environmental effects of this franchise. Our schools are so diligent with educating the kids and parents on ‘one use’ packaging. I send my kids lunchboxes in Tupperware and use no plastic waste. Yet here we are with a place that only uses this toxic waste. Our community is family and environmentally focussed. Please keep this away. There are enough of these franchises already. As a community we are all saying, no. Please consider not just the families, but also the massive damage this will do to our amazing locally owned and operated small food businesses in the area. This will no doubt affect them hugely. I’d rather support local small business any day. As would most others I’m certain. Protect our health, environment and small businesses.

  21. Alan commented

    Its nearly 12 months since the McDonalds application.
    Is there any comment on this thread from the Local Council?
    Has any decision been made to accept or reject the application?
    McDonalds should re-open one of their two closed franchises at Westfield Marion, not open a new one near schools.
    It would also affect the students of Sacred Heart upper school campus, not just Brighton High and Paringa Primary.

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