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McDonalds in Tecoma: Update Wednesday 7th August

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Crunch Time!


It is 'crunch time' in many ways in the township of Tecoma. Nestled in the Dandenong Ranges approximately 40 kms from the city of Melbourne another major step was taken in the development of the McDonalds store in the town.

It was crunch time because the battle to save the buildings is over! It is crunch time because this morning demolition began and the site is now being cleared in preparation for the construction of the store.

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Approximately 30 'hard-core' protesters were in attendance and it was rather sad to see that the slogans and demands were still being made over the noise of the demolition. I say sad because there is no denying the passion that these people are obviously feeling yet reality was biting in, and biting in hard.
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Taken from the side of the development

As I stood across the road observing and filming I became aware of a man standing next to me. He would have been in his forties, and dressed for work and it was obvious that he ran a small family business cutting lawns and maintaining properties.

We began talking and he told me that he couldn't believe the anger the protesters were directing to ward the workers, the security guards and the police. he turned to me and said words to the effect, don't they get it? These people are just doing their job. They go home to a family at night, and they go to work the next day. They cannot control what is happening!

His point being, that the protesters were loosing sight of the bigger picture. The battle had been fought and lost in the courts. It had been lost when the local council revised planning restrictions only just a few years ago and allowed for such development.
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Taken from the front of the development

The anger that has been directed to workers, security, police, local business that refused to sanction their 'anti-campaign', and local people who either welcomed McDonalds or who were ambivalent was misplaced anger, albeit anger with a passion for a cause.

All that is rapidly coming to an end.

The police presence was very visible, and the more 'lay-back' style has been replaced with a no nonsense approach now that demolition has begun in earnest.

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It is reasonable to expect that there will still be anger when construction begins, and worryingly, possible anger directed to the newly appointed employees when the store opens.

Only time will reveal to what extent any further trouble may occur. It is obvious that the battle is over in many minds, and that the more moderate of those who opposed the development have begun to move on.

But for today, there was an element of 'occasion' felt by those of us that witnessed these old building being pulled down.
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It is believed that demolition will be complete and the site will have been cleaned for the next phase - construction, by the end of this week!

{Come back soon for video of the demolition]
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  1. Mugsy's Avatar
    My neice Mary-Anne Fracker once worked in MacDonald's (accidentally)
    She said after seeing the 'tucker' there she could never touch it again,
    and she would rather eat Andrew Blot

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