THE new McDonald's restaurant to be opened in Cannonvale later this year is set to bring jobs to the region which has suffered severely with a downturn in tourism over the past 12 months, according to Franchisee Mike Muller.
Mr Muller says the new store will give local residents not only a world-class drive-through restaurant, but also provide employment opportunities which are becoming increasingly rare in the Whitsundays.
“The region has been hit pretty hard over the past year, with a downturn in tourism impacting on many locals' employment opportunities,” Mr Muller said.
“The new Cannonvale McDonald's will be a modern and fresh place to dine and will be a boost to employment in the local Cannonvale community.
“The opening of the store will create 80-90 job opportunities for locals in a time where there are not many around.”
A local resident who has lived in the area all his life, Mr Muller understands the challenges facing the Whitsunday region as it cycles through a tough stage in tourism figures.
He has previously shown faith in the district by opening the McDonald's restaurant in Airlie Beach 12 years ago, before acquiring a new restaurant in Bowen in September last year.
“It's worrying with the recent downturn of construction in Airlie and we'll help this a little by opening this new store,” Mr Muller said.
“This shows that we have faith in the community and we want to bring hope to the people of Cannonvale.”
Construction for the new restaurant started last week.
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