As a resident of the Toormina/Sawtell area for most of the last 30 years I implore you to vote against the DA to build the McDonalds take away food outlet in Toormina for the following reasons.
There is absolutely no need for this commercial enterprise. McDonalds exists in a far more suitable accessible and high traffic area just a few minutes from this location.
Toormina Gardens Shopping Centre is located in a purely residential area with absolute minimal through traffic.
The amenity of this residential precinct will be completely altered if this DA is approved. The socio economic mix of this community includes a large population of economic and socially disadvantaged families with children including indigenous families.
There will be no economic or social uplift to these families by the building of this facility.
A visit to the nearby McDonalds Coffs Harbour South on any night after 7pm will give some indication of what it could bring.Traffic flows in and out of the Toormina Gardens precinct are highly compromised particularly the location under discussion.
As an individual who uses this location several times each week I am fully aware of how it operates.
The social and visual amenity of this precinct which has parkland adjacent on two sides will be completely altered.
What is currently a safe and comfortable place to shop any time for families the elderly and young people will become congested and difficult to navigate. The skyline to the west which offers a tree lined silhouetted sunset will be destroyed removing the sense this entirely residential area is still protected and connected to the best the Coffs Coast has to offer.
There has been much discussion regarding the educational and social benefit to our young people and the need for positive input into their lives thru investment in cultural facilities within the CHCC Chamber in recent years.
This need extends to their physical and social well-being in their place of residence as well. Healthy minds and healthy bodies make for a healthy society.
As intelligent and informed human beings you, our sitting Councillors, are well aware of this.
Please give this community a fighting chance. The Toormina/Sawtell residential precinct has gone from strength to strength over the last three decades. Please let’s keep it that way.
I admire Mr. Munro’s business acumen and his commercial success however the need of this community far out ways his need for this project.
Please let your decision tonight be for the benefit of the children and families in this area.
This is Council’s recommendation in regards to this DA;
1. Approve Development Application No. 0810/20 for a food and drink premises (take away food and drink premises) at Lot 20 DP746896, Toormina Gardens, 5 Toormina Road, Toormina subject to the conditions provided in Attachment 3.
2. Advise persons who made a submission on Development Application No. 0810/20 of Council’s decision.“
Earlier on this agenda item Council Executive/Staff state; “Following public exhibition of the application, Council received eighty-one (81) submissions. Accordingly, this matter is reported to Council for determination due to ‘significant public interest and community input’.
When one goes to see what the submissions were this is what one finds; “Development Application No. 0810/20 – Submissions [confidential]“
CCO comment: Confidential?! Really?
Not even a summary of the number of those for or against???? That, people, is ‘transparency’ at work at the CHCC in 2021.
Feel free to comment.
Tonight’s agenda can be found here; https://infocouncil.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/Open/2021/04/CO_20210422_AGN_2239_AT_WEB.htm
The agenda item pertaining to this DA is SC21/16 Development Application No. 0810/20 – Food and Drink Premises (Take Away Food and Drink Premises) – Lot 20 DP 746896, Toormina Gardens, 5 Toormina Road, Toormina