Technical Note: Investigation of Service Station Sites This technical note describes industry best practice in the assessment of service station sites in line with relevant legislation and policies and replaces the Guidelines for Assessing Service Station Sites (EPA 1994). The diagram on page 6 shows how contaminants from a petrol station can affect the surrounding…

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This is Doctor David McDonald’s account of challenging a proposal for a McDonalds in Port Macquarie, published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. If you are concerned about the potential impact of a fast food outlet on your child’s health, you really should read this. It features corporate sneakiness (McDonalds called itself a ‘refreshment room’…

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Livingstone Shire Council (Yeppoon, QLD) rejected the proposal for a service station on the grounds that there were other service stations within five kilometres of the proposed site, and that the proposal was inconsistent with the shire’s desire to encourage non-motorised transport options.

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This is the Community Vision 2030 document published by the Coffs Harbour City Council. It was developed through community consultation (see the background paper here). Here’s some key findings. The resulting vision statement: Our Vision: Coffs Harbour is a model of sustainable living. We value, respect and protect our natural environment and acknowledge that it…

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Like the Lake Macquarie LGA, Wollongong Council are exceeding their constituents’ expectations by progressively and pro-actively enacting legislation to prohibit the erecting of petrol stations next to child care centres. Note especially 7.2.2 Development Controls: Child care centres will not be supported upon a site within a 90 metre straight line distance from any designated road…

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This is the background paper to Coffs Harbour City Council’s Vision 2030. It outlines community concerns and aspirations for the future of Coffs Harbour. Of particular note, Table 3 (page 11) shows that the three most important planning issues for the community are: Preservation of forests, beaches, wildlife, water, rivers, marine (incl increasing awareness and…

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Some — actually, quite a lot — of NSW councils are taking the lead and enacting strict guidelines regarding the building of childcare centres and their location vis-à-vis neighbouring developments, such as petrol stations. Note the Objectives: a. To ensure that child care centres are highly accessible and are safe to access. b. To ensure…

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These are the Schedule of Conditions documents placed on the Moonee Beach Marketplace in 2005 as part of DA 1708/04. Clearly shows that the approval of DA 1708/04 was conditional on retail opening hours from 7am to 9.30pm — not 24 hour. Additional docs

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This is a pretty good study undertaken by a group of Year 8 students in Western Australia, and shows how much litter is generated by fast food outlets. This study specifically uses McDonalds as the source of litter (benchmarked against all other, non-McDonalds litter), but it’s a reasonable assumption that results would be similar, regardless of…

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