ORANGE City Council has taken out an “insurance policy” to guarantee McDonalds’ $85,000 contribution towards traffic lights at north Orange if the Land and Environment Court approves its restaurant on Farrell Road later this month.
The three councillors Russell Turner, Scott Munro and Kevin Duffy who attempted to okay the development application (DA) when it was refused by the council in August, led a push for council to agree to the fast-food giant’s voluntary planning agreement (VPA) on Tuesday.
McDonald’s offered to pay $60,000 towards a $200,000 set of traffic lights at the Farrell Road/Telopea Way intersection and $25,000 towards kerb and guttering along the Northern Distributor.
Cr Duffy said the acceptance of the offer would not affect the council’s decision to refuse development.
“It’s a bit of an insurance policy,” he said. “If we look like we are going to lose [the offer] is back on the table.”
Council’s solicitor Paul Crennan “strongly advised” councillors to accept the offer.
Councillors Neil Jones and Jason Hamling voted against the agreement.