Chisholm Tavern to fight again over fast-food proposal

Michael Weaver 6 August 2020 40
The proposed McDonald's restaurant

The proposed McDonald’s restaurant at the site of the Chisholm Shopping Centre. Image: Supplied.

The $2.5 million proposal to demolish the Chisholm Tavern to make way for a McDonald’s restaurant, which was submitted to the ACT Planning and Land Authority in June last year and was rejected in February, has been resubmitted.

The grounds for refusal included the proximity of the site to other existing McDonald’s restaurants and the presence of many existing dining options and take-away food shops in the Chisholm Village Shopping Centre. There were also issues with car parking and traffic flow.

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However, a new DA, put forward by Chisholm Village Pty Ltd last week, has a number of variations for the ACT Government to reconsider.

Chisholm Village has consulted with the neighbouring Coles Supermarket, which is supportive of the revised proposal. Chisholm Village will also consider relocating the existing Tavern to another location within the shopping centre as part of a separate process. That may involve building a separate dwelling above the existing Anytime Fitness centre and moving the Tavern underneath.

The initial DA attracted more than 120 written submissions and 700 signatures on a petition against the proposal. Two new separate petitions by Member for Brindabella Joy Burch and Chisholm Tavern manager Jennifer Hunt are already attracting a large number of signatures.

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Ms Hunt, who has operated the Chisholm Tavern with her husband Graham for more than 29 years, told Region Media the entire Chisholm Shopping Centre is also for sale, and that sale would be far more attractive with a McDonald’s restaurant on site.

Despite the renewed attempt to build a McDonald’s restaurant, Ms Hunt said there is still considerable support for the Tavern.

“All the people I’ve spoken with all want the Tavern here. It’s their meeting spot, and yes, they can meet at the club, but it’s a different atmosphere here and one that isn’t dominated by poker machines.

“We’re going to go hell for leather at another petition to get everyone up and signing it.”

She said they are planning to operate the Tavern for another five years before retiring, but this proposal is an issue facing all taverns and similar premises.

“I see this as the writing on the wall for a lot of taverns in Canberra because of the comparative price of drinking in a tavern to that of having a drink at home.

“It is very much a community-spirited place to meet and people actually come here to have a chat and have conversations with each other,” Ms Hunt said.

Chisholm Tavern manager Jennifer Hunt

Chisholm Tavern manager Jennifer Hunt outside the venue she and her husband Graham have operated for 29 years. Photo: Region Media.

The revised proposal for a McDonald’s includes a design that links the restaurant with the shopping centre and enables safe pedestrian access from the existing car park. It also proposes deliveries to be scheduled outside peak hours to avoid conflict with customer traffic.

Member for Brindabella and Chisholm local Joy Burch said she remains supportive of the local businesses at the Chisholm shops, including the Chisholm Tavern.

“After multiple discussions with local vendors and residents in and around the area, it is clear that there remains opposition to this development. Just in the last week, residents continue to raise safety concerns and impact on traffic management in the area,” Ms Burch said.

Ms Burch said the new DA fails to fully address the concerns of the community and will result in a loss of car parking spaces in an already busy car park.

The revised DA states the proposed McDonald’s would require 37 car spaces. There are currently 49 spaces available, a reconfigured car park, providing access to McDonald’s, would result in a reduction of five spaces.

Public comment on the revised submission is open until 17 August. You can view the DA at Planning. The petition is available here.

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40 Responses to Chisholm Tavern to fight again over fast-food proposal
Kim Bal-Al Kim Bal-Al 12:31 pm 06 Aug 20

No there's already more than enough maccas outlets around

Johnathan Davis MLA - Member for Brindabella Johnathan Davis MLA - Member for Brindabella 12:33 pm 06 Aug 20

Tuggeranong doesn’t need another bloody Maccas! We’ve already got 3 all within about a 5 minute drive of Chisholm.

    Johnathan Davis MLA - Member for Brindabella Johnathan Davis MLA - Member for Brindabella 4:00 pm 06 Aug 20

    Fair few things Andrew.

    We’d like to see more money in CIT, particularly in Tuggeranong, to give young people the training needed for a diversity of jobs. We’d also like to see more entry level jobs created in TAMS to help us get on top of the backlog of our crumbling suburban infrastructure. Personally, I’m keen get more affordable commercial spaces to allow small businesses and startups to start and grow in Tuggeranong. These businesses will create job opportunities too. But these are just some suggestions.

    As a young person from a working class family who had to work while studying to make ends meet, there is also a bigger conversation to be had here about greater supports we can provide young people while they study.

    We shouldn’t rely solely on Mickey D’s to create jobs for young people.

    Andrew Gordon Andrew Gordon 6:22 pm 06 Aug 20

    Thanks for that but the reality is that a business that employs 30-40 local teens, who will then spend their earnings here in Tuggeranong is a good thing. If you don’t like Maccas, don’t eat there. And all those things you mention will not be impacted at all by another fast food outlet opening here.

ticktock2 ticktock2 12:43 pm 06 Aug 20

Why are we going through this again? The Chisholm residents have spoken. We don’t want another bloody Maccas clogging our streets and limited space shopping centre. If the shopping centre owners were keen to fix things why don’t they just rebuild a new Chisholm Tavern? Surely it would be a better social venue alternative than the cheap Maccas fast food option and offer a better value for money proposition than the more expensive Vikings Club?

Nathan Horton Nathan Horton 12:45 pm 06 Aug 20

Surely Barr and geocon can put a couple of 100 units on that site as well.

    Daniel Oyston Daniel Oyston 2:38 pm 06 Aug 20

    More low-quality food options is definitely what we need.

Robbie Munday Robbie Munday 12:49 pm 06 Aug 20

Could've just left it at "Chisholm Tavern to Fight".

Sharon Fuller Sharon Fuller 12:53 pm 06 Aug 20

No no no

Shane Phoenix Shane Phoenix 12:59 pm 06 Aug 20

It's inevitable. Money talks 💸💸💸

Jess Aan Jess Aan 1:15 pm 06 Aug 20

No one nowhere needs another McDonalds!

Robyn Baer Robyn Baer 1:20 pm 06 Aug 20

Wont be getting my money, we never buy Maccas rubbish.

Mark Goodman Mark Goodman 1:21 pm 06 Aug 20

They expect to get a large $ from ski season traffic on the Monaro. The land valuation of the premises should be increased significantly if it is allowed to proceed.

Melissa Lee Brown Melissa Lee Brown 1:28 pm 06 Aug 20

Canberra doesn’t need any more fast food places..

Mat Barber Mat Barber 2:28 pm 06 Aug 20

If be happy if it was a different fast food chain, we have enough McDonalds, shame it can't be another company with a smaller footprint of stores.

Cameron Brooks Cameron Brooks 2:49 pm 06 Aug 20

Absolutely disgusting!! Obviously this should be a KFC...

Jill Lewis Jill Lewis 4:39 pm 06 Aug 20

Yes, we need KFC

Brett Griffiths Brett Griffiths 4:42 pm 06 Aug 20


Melissa Langerman Melissa Langerman 4:43 pm 06 Aug 20

No more fast foods please!

Brett Griffiths Brett Griffiths 4:45 pm 06 Aug 20

If they want to build something, build it as an integrated unit with fuel stations and other restaurants on the highway near Rose Cottage Inn, this is something that would be of great tourism use especially during ski season!

Vicky  Scipione Vicky Scipione 4:46 pm 06 Aug 20

Sizzlers only please! :)

Ivan Haider Ivan Haider 6:42 pm 06 Aug 20

Hungry Jacks!!

Jessica Elusive Jessica Elusive 7:29 pm 06 Aug 20

We have enough Mcdonalds in Tuggeranong, how about a nice restaurant there like Grill’d ??

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