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McDonald’s with a side of Aldi at Urangan

THE famous golden arches will be visible in Urangan soon, with approval given and work expected to start on the Fraser Coast's third McDonald's and Aldi stores.

Plans for the site were approved at the Fraser Coast Regional Council meeting in Maryborough this week.

It signals the end of a six-year battle for approval to develop the site on Boat Harbour Dr near Margaret St.

The complex is expected to include a McDonald's, Aldi, medical centre and other shops.

Urban Planet principal Ward Veitch's client Lindsay Kaynes is behind the development.

Mr Veitch said it had been a long time coming.

"The commission has been given to organise the operational works application," he said.

"We've always wanted it to go quickly but we were held up."

The delay was reduced when the Fraser Coast Regional Council re-zoned the proposed development site to commercial.

"My client's been sitting there waiting, waiting, waiting," Mr Veitch said.

As for the employment advantages, Mr Veitch suggested the McDonald's staff would mirror the current Pialba store.

"Aldi, I don't know," he said.

"It's a great boost for services in Urangan too."

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Mr Veitch, who is among those at the forefront of developing the Fraser Coast, said there was positive sentiment in the region.

But he said he'd like to see more developments get off the ground.

Mayor Gerard O'Connell said Mr Kaynes was keen to get the development moving along.

"I understand he's got some good tenants - so I think we'll see some action on that sooner rather than later," he said.

Margaret St is expected to be upgraded and the council's mobility corridor re-routed to accommodate the increased vehicle traffic.

The Chronicle tried unsuccessfully to contact Mr Kaynes.

Topics:  approval, development, hervey bay, mcdonald's, urangan




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