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Feeling hungry: public feedback opens on Chisholm Tavern site

Michael Weaver 19 August 2019 78
Jennifer Hunt, proprietor of Chisholm Tavern. Photos; Region Media.

Public comment is open regarding a proposed fast food outlet on the Chisholm Tavern site. Photo of Jennifer Hunt, proprietor of Chisholm Tavern by Region Media.

Public feedback is now open regarding the proposed development of a McDonald’s fast-food outlet at the current site of the Chisholm Tavern.

The proposal has been submitted by Chisholm Village Pty Ltd for a new single storey commercial building with car parking, landscaping, signage and lease variation.

The total cost of works for the development is in excess of $2.2 million.

Region Media first reported on the proposal in July. A petition with more than 700 signatures against the proposal has been presented to the ACT Government and then referred to the relevant ACT Assembly committee for review.

The Development Application is now open for public comment.

Member for Brindabella Joy Burch MLA said she has written to ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and has not received a reply as yet.

Ms Burch told Region Media that she wants to ensure that the strong feedback which has been provided regarding the proposal, is a consideration of the independent assessor. It is also her intention to provide a copy of the tabled petition as a formal representation during the public notification period.   

“I encourage those in the community who have expressed a view regarding the proposal, to consider making a representation as part of the DA process also,” Ms Burch said.

It is understood the public notification period ends on 6 September.

“As a Chisholm local, I have concerns about how this might change the feel and character of our suburb,” Ms Burch said via social media.

I think the local shops have a good lot of food outlets already… It’s not us pushing for more.”

Comments about the proposal also continue to ignite debate from within the community.

“I wouldn’t have a problem with a McDonald’s as such, it’s more the fact of them removing the Tavern to do so. Chisholm Tavern is a lovely family-friendly place that’s served the community for many many years,” said one concerned resident.

“Who needs Maccas? Tav food is magnificent, healthy and wholesome! And we are worried about obesity!! Let’s whack a Maccas in Chis, then wonder why there are so many fat kids in Tuggeranong,” says another.

When approached for comment, a McDonald’s spokesperson said the proposal is still in the early stages.

“We’re always looking for new opportunities to invest in the ACT. This site is zoned appropriately and we are currently going through due process with the government,” the spokesperson said.

Members of the public can lodge their feedback via this link on the Access Canberra website. After adding your details, you then need to add details of the DA: Block 44, Section 539, DA number 201935300.

The plans for the DA can be viewed via this link on the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate website.

Comments about the proposal continue to ignite debate from the community.

Comments about the proposal continue to ignite debate from the community. Photo: Region Media.

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Feeling hungry: public feedback opens on Chisholm Tavern site
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6:50 pm 21 Aug 19

The rubbish tho...

6:37 am 21 Aug 19

Paul Foster fill it out the one in the comments!

1:36 am 21 Aug 19

Why do we need a McDonald's when we can either go to Tuggeranong or Erindale? Are we getting that lazy that we can't spend 5-15 minutes in the car to get our food?

8:10 pm 20 Aug 19

scrap the tavern, thats a positive move.

7:52 am 20 Aug 19

Don't kill our Tav #stopbigburga

7:22 am 20 Aug 19

It’s important that people make a submission to ACT Planning by following the link on the article, you will need the Development Application number 201935300, Block 44, Section 539. Merely putting your comments here won’t make a difference.

5:02 am 20 Aug 19

There are a lot of other businesses that could be put on the site and still create jobs.

10:50 pm 19 Aug 19

Tried to fill out the form, can’t do it without all site numbers details etc! Another way to block the public’s feedback! 😡

    4:55 am 20 Aug 19

    It won't matter what the public option is, this government does what it wants and wants people to think that there opinions matter... Get ready to see the golden arches at the site real soon.😎

    9:36 am 20 Aug 19

    Brett Griffiths

    Block 44, section 539

    DA 201935300

10:37 pm 19 Aug 19

Hello people like me that do not want Maccas at this place (takes about 3 minutes, best on a pc so you can easily copy the DA info over). If you have not already, please fill out the form listed in the article and express your view. Doing that will have slightly more impact than leaving a comment here. To those who do want the Maccas, please only leave a comment here and do not fill out the form. Thank you.

DA: Section 539, Block 44, DA number 201935300.

(let me know if you have any issues with the form)

7:54 pm 19 Aug 19

Was never a fan of the “family” tavern but definitely no maccas!

7:09 pm 19 Aug 19

Saddam Malik yes pls!!!

6:57 pm 19 Aug 19

Just put a park and swings in there instead! 😏

6:55 pm 19 Aug 19

Chisholm Tav for the win!! Hell they cook 100% better burgers than Macca’s!!

6:25 pm 19 Aug 19

Can we have it in Kambah

5:44 pm 19 Aug 19

More Maccas litter through the suburb as well.

5:16 pm 19 Aug 19

I’d rather have a Maccas than a “family” tavern that attracts yobs! Brawling in the car park, doing burnouts in suburban streets and generally being a bloody nuisance!

    8:44 am 20 Aug 19

    Andrea Lloyd been to plenty of Maccas in my time and there are just as many yobs doing burn outs and brawling..

aceofspades 4:53 pm 19 Aug 19

Chisholm Tavern is the only blemish on an otherwise beautiful shopping center, as is the proprietor. Calling it a “Family Tavern” is just plain misleading. There is a perfectly good club 50m away for those that want that type of environment. Bring on McDonald’s, a vast improvement on the tavern.

4:36 pm 19 Aug 19

Maccas gives mega dollars to Ronald McDonald house which is super needed

4:29 pm 19 Aug 19

Rob Black, have your say!!

4:14 pm 19 Aug 19


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