Fast Food in Margaret River? We're not lovin' it!
The battle lines are being drawn in one of WA's most popular tourist spots, as residents and businesses unite to prevent another fast food outlet setting up shop in town.
A proposal to open a new fast food outlet in Margaret River has reportedly already attracted 350 submissions from locals opposing the development.
"The Margaret River region is known for its abundance of fresh produce, high quality dairy and active way of life," said Maurice Swanson, CEO of the Heart Foundation (WA Division).
LiveLighter urges the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River to seriously consider the health of residents and visitors when considering this planning proposal.
"It's not just about the impact on the local culture and economy. Fast foods are often low in fibre and high in saturated fat, sugar and salt, contributing to the increasing number of overweight and obese children and adults," he said.
Mr Swanson said he also had concerns about the proposed location of the restaurant.
"It's been reported that, if approved, this fast food outlet will be located a short distance from a primary school."
"While fast food is unhealthy at any stage of life, young children are targeted by junk food marketing and should be educated about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle," he added.
LiveLighter encourages people from across the State to support Margaret River residents in their fight against fast food.
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