Func­tion cen­tre gets green light

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Peter Car­ruthers

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.

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