Residents opposing a McDonald’s development in the Victorian community of Tecoma plan to travel to the company’s Chicago headquarters in the United States in the next few weeks.
They will hand-deliver a petition with almost 86,000 signatures to stop the development that got underway two weeks ago when several “iconic” buildings were demolished to make way for a local McDonald’s.
Petition organiser Garry Muratore told The Source they’re not going to give up.
“This is currently the most contentious McDonald’s development in the world,” he said.
“We’ve had some excellent help from change.org and the petition is the second biggest petition that change.org has ever done here in Australia.
“It’s certainly doubled the size of petitions that made companies like Myer and David Jones change their corporate behaviour.
“Given the way the petition’s going, it could be number one within a week or so.”
Protestor Kate Furnell said she’s concerned the McDonald’s restaurant would “erode the economic viability of our town”.