McDonald’s in Tacoma Being a resident of the Dandelion Ranges, I have seen first-hand the hard work and dedication of the protesters to the fast food chain McDonald’s. Every morning on my way to and from school I drive through the small town of Tacoma where local residents are fighting against the construction of a McDonald’s. These people are out rain, hall or shine outside the building site of Tacoma McDonald’s holding signs that have catch phrases such as “burger off’ and other slogans mocking the fast food chain.
Tacoma is around km east of Melbourne CAB with a population of around ,000 residents and up until 2011 was a very peaceful town on the lower slopes of the Dandelion ranges. In 2011 McDonald’s lodged their planning application for one of their restaurants to be built in the suburb of Tacoma which sparked outrage amongst residents in Tacoma and surrounding suburbs. For the past 2 years the community has been working tirelessly to prevent the nightmare of yet another fast food chain being built In an area that quite clearly doesn’t want it there.
In a door-to door survey in which 1,085 adults answered the question “are you for or against a McDonald’s in Tacoma” It was established that 94% of residents who were against It. Only 59 people said they were supportive of the fast food chain being In Tacoma. On Friday the 17th of May of this year permits were approved for the demolition of Hazel Dally and Saffron Cottage, on August 8th these plans went forward and much loved historical buildings were destroyed just to be replaced with more golden arches.
Childhood obesity is an ongoing issue that we are trying to prevent and our community has objectified. 9/10 residents in the hills have said no to McDonald’s in Tacoma so why is t that the construction of the fast food chain is taking place? 750 members of the Tacoma community have turned their utter anger into positive vibes, passion and energy by creating a healing garden on the empty lot beside the construction sight of McDonald’s. We were even lucky enough to have an Aboriginal Elder perform a traditional smoking ceremony on the site to show his disappointment In what was taking place on the land.
We also had 16 of our local musicians get together to perform their own Orlando tracks, many of which were written for the campaign. The instruction site is right opposite a primary and a preschool, if it wasn’t bad enough they want to put McDonald’s in our town, they want to do it right opposite where our local children spent 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. Obesity in childhood has both long- term and immediate health affects Obesity is associated with increased risk for many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, esophagi, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix, and prostate.
Not only does the risks of cancer but also contracting metabolic medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes, ornery heart disease, gout, even impairing fertility. Other conditions associated with weight Is sleep Panola, asthma, hernias and of course psychological Issues. Our nation Is ranked one of the fattest of the developed countries; the rate of obesity amongst adults has doubled over the past two decades. The prominence of McDonald’s, KEF, Red rooster and fast food chains alike has definitely Impacted on this. Every corner has one of these “restaurant’s”, if you can even call it that.
Instead it For all these reasons we are saying a firm no to building a McDonald’s here. Our hidden oasis does not need or want a corporate chain, the Dandelion ranges is the place you come to escape from all of the arbitration. We are surrounded by lush forestry and when going on walks in my local area I don’t want to see a McDonald’s cheeseburger wrapper in the gutter. Maybe it is convenient that the meals you can purchase there are cheaper but does that really out way the cost of your health? You may say so now, but in the future when it all catches up with you, you may think a little bit differently.