Residents plan appeal bid
ANGRY Toowoomba residents have come together to form a committee to appeal a fast food precinct at the top of the Range.
Committee leader Kate Powell said work had to begin straight away as time to launch an appeal was running out.
"We need to have our application in by Friday next week," she said last night.
Hundreds of angry people packed St Luke's Anglican Church last night to protest the council's December 21 decision to approve the development, located on the north-west corner of Herries and Cohoe Sts. It consists of a McDonald's, a KFC and a 24-hour convenience store.
For the development to go ahead, the Department of Transport and Main Roads has insisted the developers install traffic lights at the corner of Herries and Cohoe Sts.
Toowoomba's mayor Paul Antonio was not present at the meeting, however fellow councillor Mike Williams was in attendance.
Transport Workers Union state secretary Peter Biagini, Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts and member for Toowoomba South John McVeigh were also in attendance.
Several residents in the audience asked questions like "why does Toowoomba need another fast-food restaurant?" and "has anyone looked at the safety factor?"
Many of Cr Williams's comments about the decision were greeted with angry shouts and jeers while Mr Biagini's with applause.
Cr Williams stated the only way residents could stop the development was an appeal.
The nine members of the new committee are Kate Powell, Geoff Neville, Jack Clarence, Lauren Thorne, Philip Collins, Phil Grainger, Judy Clanchy, Paul Davies and Transport Workers' Union organiser Brendan Bogle.