13 May 2024

A new 24-hour Maccas for Wagga's north?

| Chris Roe
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A new development application could see a new McDonalds in Boorooma. Photo: cosmonaut.

Rumours have been swirling for a while that Wagga Wagga is in line for a fifth McDonald’s outlet, and it looks like the wheels are finally in motion.

On Thursday last week (9 May) a bare-bones development application (DA) was posted to the Wagga City Council website for a “staged mixed-use development” at 7 Phar Lap Pl, Boorooma.

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What little information we know is that the $7,473,000 development would include a 24-hour McDonald’s restaurant, a 24-hour gym and facilities for another all-night food outlet.

The DA was lodged by a company called HPG Boorooma Pty Ltd, registered at Pennant Hills in Sydney.

The proposed location of the fast food outlet and 24-hour gym would be close to the Olympic Highway. Photo: WWCC.

Located at the southern end of Phar Lap Pl, the new development would sit adjacent to the current Boorooma Shops that so far includes Dominoes, Chemist Warehouse and a laundromat with a takeaway soon to arrive.

Construction of a service station is also well underway, with a Coles supermarket on the cards in the near future.

Work is well underway on the Northern Suburbs’ first service station. Photo: Chris Roe.

The proposed mixed-use development would be built close to the Olympic Highway and, given the promise of 24-hour fast food, would presumably include access for passing travellers.

Stage 1 would see the site split into a three-lot subdivision with site works including earthworks for lot 1, and access arrangements.

The second stage would see the construction of a McDonald’s on proposed lot 1, including a drive-thru, car parking, signage, landscaping, and 24-hour trade.

Stage 3 would see the construction of a second food and drink premises on lot 2 with a drive-thru and 24-hour trade and a 24-hour gym on lot 3.

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News of the DA lit sparked a lively debate on social media with many Northern Wagga locals expressing dismay at the plan for an “unhealthy fast food” outlet.

A few were supportive, citing the opportunity for drive-through coffee and late-night feeds for CSU students completing last-minute assignments.

The irony of a 24-hour fast food restaurant sitting side-by-side with a 24-hour gym was also noted.

Watch this space.

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