On Tuesday 30 March 2010 a community meeting was called at Yamba to discuss opposition to multinational McDonald's move to establish a 24 hour drive-through food franchise in that coastal town.
The meeting was well attended and the crowd spilled out of the space and onto the street.
Yamba Chamber of Commerce, Valley Watch and Coast Care all spoke out against the McDonald's development application, as did local residents and some small business owners.
A number of Clarence Valley shire councillors attended the meeting and it was obvious that they had already started to receive emails lobbying against the fast food giant's plans.
The meeting convenor invited anyone who supported having a McDonald's in Yamba to the microphone to put forward their views. No-one came forward.
The NSW Food Authority keeps what is popularly known as a name and shame file.
In 2009 no Yamba restaurant, cafe or small take-away food business was listed on this file.
However the multinational fast food company McDonald's was mentioned six times.Three times under management by franchise operators and another three times under its own Australian management.
Penalties were issued for Mcdonald's at Armidale, Lithgow, Penrith, Randwick (twice) and Ultimo.
Examples of official findings regarding these outlets:
- Fail to take all practicable measures to eradicate and prevent the harbourage of pests - live cockroaches observed on the premises
- Fail to maintain the food premises to the required standard of cleanliness
- Fail to take all practicable measures to eradicate and prevent the harbourage of pests - live cockroaches observed in the food preparation area
- Fail to take all practicable measures to eradicate and prevent the harbourage of pests - Customer complaint of fly found in burger. Several flies found in food preparation area
While elsewhere in Australia in April 2009 at 3am; McFilthy - you want gastro with that?
Graphic from NO to McDonalds in YAMBA at Facebook