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Green ban on Moore Park McDonald's site

AAP, in Sydney Morning Herald,
Wednesday 22 December 1999, 4:37 PM

A building union today slapped an interim green ban on the construction of a McDonald's restaurant in Sydney's eastern suburbs, saying it would spoil adjoining parkland.

Residents are fighting to have plans for the fast food outlet 'taken away' from the intersection of Anzac Parade and Lang Road, which borders Moore Park.

South Sydney Council knocked back the McDonald's proposal in 1995 but developers are seeking approval from the Land and Environment Court.

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) secretary Andrew Ferguson said no union members would work on the site until community concerns were addressed.

'We are concerned it represents an alienation of public space,' Mr Ferguson told AAP.

'There is clearly a great deal of concern about this development, particularly amongst local residents and we are simply responding to that concern.'

The CFMEU declared the interim green ban with about 30 neighbouring residents this morning on the vacant site where another restaurant once operated.

Mr Ferguson said the CFMEU did not normally get involved in development disputes but residents had appealed for help.

'Our principle responsibility is wages and working conditions for building workers but there's no point addressing issues in the workplace if our environment is being destroyed or vandalised,' he said.

McDonald's did not return AAP's calls.