Target: Catriona Noble, CEO of McDonald’s Australia
Goal: Preserve the authenticity and unique quality of small towns
For over two years the residents of Tecoma, Australia have been fighting the construction plans of popular restaurant franchise McDonald’s. Residents have protested the restaurant based on the associated litter, traffic and crime that often come with a 24-hour drive-through restaurant. Please sign this petition and demand that McDonald’s respect the residents of Tecoma by staying out of their small town.
The 2,000 residents of Tecoma, Australia have been refusing McDonald’s for two years, and the battle continues. Tecoma sits in the lush foothills of the Dandenong mountain ranges east of Melbourne. Residents fighting the development cite a multitude of reasons why McDonald’s is not an appropriate franchise for their town. Close proximity to homes have some worried about traffic and litter, while young families fear the short and long term repercussions of building a fatty food outlet opposite a primary school and kindergarten. Local doctors are looking at health implications, and conservationists have a problem with the 800-meter proximity to a national park.
McDonald’s continues to stress their pledge of contributing to the local community; however, residents of Tecoma are calling bull. Campaigners say that despite McDonald’s talk about engaging the community in development, the company has been hard to get a hold of and never attends planning meetings. Just recently, the original McDonald’s franchisee backed out of the project, only to have a new one step in. Tecoma campaigners do not have the funds to take the case to the Supreme Court, but hope their victory with the first franchisee will fuel them to continue their fight against the next.
Please sign this petition and demand that McDonald’s stop trying to establish their franchise in small communities that adamantly oppose its development.
Dear Catriona Noble,
McDonald’s franchisees are seeking to establish a restaurant in Tecoma, Australia despite the two-year battle raged by citizens who oppose the business in their town. Regardless of McDonald’s contributions back to the community or McDonald’s supposed willingness to work with residents, they have voiced their opposition clearly and loudly. Please stop trying to establish your business where it is not wanted and let the people of Tecoma rest after winning their two-year battle against the original franchisee.
Tecoma, Australia is nestled in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne. With only 2,000 residents and an emphasis on preservation this town is happy being unique, authentic and international-restaurant-chain-free. For two years residents have fought the development of a McDonald’s in their town. Some fear the added litter and traffic, while others worry about the long-term health implications for children and citizens. Others are concerned about the national forest in the area, and still more wonder what impact a 24-hour drive-thru restaurant will have on their crime rate. No matter what the reason, the town is unanimous in their opposition of the restaurant.
Please respect the efforts of the residents of Tecoma and anywhere else that a collection of residents opposes the development of a McDonald’s. With 780 McDonald’s across Australia, you can let one go.
[Your Name Here]
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