Function centre gets green light
PLANS for a new function centre bordering the Mirage Country Club have been given the green light by Douglas Shire Council despite concern noise levels generated by future guests would be of an unacceptable level.
The recommendation tabled at Tuesday’s council meeting advised councillors to approve a material change of use application for lot 4-6 Escape St and 9 Crispins Avenue.
The proposal got across the line when Mayor Julia Leu cast her deciding vote in favour of the development which will use the existing Choo Choo’s restaurant facilities and pontoon deck as a function centre for weddings and group bookings.
Councillors Michael Kerr and Roy Zammataro were also in favour.
Cr David Carey proposed a reduced acceptable noise level of 5bd be included in the motion, however this was knocked back and voting resumed on the original motion.
“I don’t believe it should be allowed,” he told the meeting.
“If I put myself in the position of the neighbouring property owners I would be annoyed.”
Cr Abigail Noli also voted against the planned function centre.
The application submitted to council states the function centre will be serviced by existing buildings of the Choo Choo’s at St Crispins restaurant. No new buildings will be constructed but a proposed carparking area and access to Escape St now has approval to go ahead.
Before giving the green light to the parking facility Douglas Shire Council imposed a condition that the carpark be sealed.
The proposal is identified as code assessable under the current planning scheme and does not require public consultation or notification.