JUST one week after Orange councillors overwhelmingly rejected a McDonald’s earmarked for Farrell Road, two Facebook pages have sprung up in support of the north Orange fast-food outlet.
The development is now in the hands of the Land and Environment Court and Orange City Council will defend its refusal at a hearing later in the year, meaning it could still get the go-ahead.
But the creators of the pages hope to shore up public support for the fast-food outlet.
Pro North Orange Maccas Facebook page admin Luke Barber lives in Diamond Drive and wants to attract 10,000 likes to submit to council.
As of yesterday afternoon he had 13 likes.
“I feel it’s very hard to get progress in Orange for anything to do with commercial businesses,” he said.
The Support North Orange McDonald’s Facebook page admin Jade Brindley works at the existing store on the Bathurst Road, but has set the page up off her own bat to “put out some positivity” about the development.
It attracted more than 250 likes in the first 24 hours.
“Everyone seems to voice their opinion against it,” she said.
“I want our new restaurant built, but it’s not just us.”
It’s not the first time the debate over the fast-food outlet has spilled over online, with an internet petition against the development attracting more than 400 signatories.
Seventy-seven people wrote to the council opposing the development before it went before a meeting in April and since then another 19 have been received.
But both admins are confident there are more people for than there are against the fast-food outlet.
“The biggest point is it’s going to create 150 more jobs in Orange which are much needed for the economy,” Mr Barber said.
“Orange is struggling, with Electrolux no one knows what’s going to happen and the mine is slowing down.”
Both feel traffic lights at the Farrell Road/Telopea Way intersection will fix traffic problems in the area and do not believe the restaurant will cause problems with smell, rubbish or antisocial behaviour - even when it operates 24 hours.
While Ms Brindley doesn’t live in north Orange she is looking to move to the area and does not believe all residents are opposed to the fast-food outlet.
“I think people who are opposed to it don’t necessarily have the information all together,” she said.