Ex­pan­sion bid in limbo

Fraser called in af­ter noise com­plaints have win­ery fac­ing clo­sure

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS -

THERE are con­cerns Two Tails Wines at Nana Glen will close af­ter so called “frus­trat­ing” deal­ings with au­thor­i­ties over noise com­plaints.

Mem­ber for Coffs Har­bour An­drew Fraser this week is­sued a me­dia re­lease say­ing owner Madonna Ban­ner­man, who hoped to make im­prove­ments to her award-win­ning busi­ness, had asked for his help fol­low­ing un­suc­cess­ful out­comes with Coffs Har­bour City Coun­cil.

“Two Tails Wines wants to ex­pand its din­ing areas and host wed­dings and re­cep­tions, prod­uct launches, food and wine ex­pos, movie the­atre evenings and en­ter­tain­ment, but they are en­coun­ter­ing red tape at ev­ery turn and they’ve had a gut­ful,” Mr Fraser said.

How­ever, the growth of the venue has come at a cost to some in the Nana Glen com­mu­nity, with neigh­bours liv­ing next door to the venue telling The Daily Ex­am­iner they are reg­u­larly forced to make noise com­plaints to both the coun­cil and po­lice due to the busi­ness breach­ing its li­cens­ing con­di­tions.

But the lo­cal mem­ber says Nana Glen and the wider Coffs Coast stands to lose a pop­u­lar venue.

“It’s reached a stage where the busi­ness may have to close - they have spent thou­sands in try­ing to gain DA ap­provals but feel they have wasted their money and their time,” Mr Fraser said.

“Mrs Ban­ner­man says many out­door din­ing op­tions are avail­able through­out the Coffs Coast, yet her busi­ness has to sub­mit DA ap­pli­ca­tions along with noise re­ports for coun­cil ap­proval.

“Two Tails has an im­pres­sive list of awards, in­clud­ing the 2018 Sun­nys Award for Lo­cal Pro­ducer. This award was spon­sored by the coun­cil, so it should know the value of this busi­ness to our lo­cal econ­omy. The win­ery is also in the run­ning for a statewide award.

“This suc­cess­ful Orara Val­ley en­ter­prise, which em­ploys 20 lo­cals, is an in­te­gral part of our com­mu­nity and should be al­lowed to op­er­ate and ex­pand with­out be­ing ham­strung by Coffs Har­bour City Coun­cil in this way.”

Mr Fraser said he had writ­ten to the coun­cil fol­low­ing the dif­fi­cul­ties Mrs Ban­ner­man had ex­pe­ri­enced.

Ian Fitzgib­bon, the coun­cil’s group leader of Sus­tain­able Places, con­firmed the venue had been the sub­ject of noise abate­ments no­tices in re­cent times and said the coun­cil was work­ing with the venue to try to re­solve the is­sues.

“We’ve been work­ing with Two Tails for over 18 months now on a num­ber of dif­fer­ent devel­op­ment pro­pos­als. We’ve had meet­ings and on site vis­its, and through that process we’ve re­ceived com­plaints from nearby res­i­dents about noise and other im­pacts.

“As part of our obli­ga­tion when as­sess­ing devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions you have to take into con­sid­er­a­tion those is­sues.

“Any DA pro­posed from Two Tails has had to take in con­sid­er­a­tion how they will at­tempt to mit­i­gate any im­pacts.

“We’ve been work­ing with them to try and re­solve the is­sues through a DA where they have been look­ing into ex­pand­ing their busi­ness.”

Photo: Sup­plied

FRUS­TRATED: The Two Tails Win­ery at Nana Glen could close as noise be­comes an is­sue for some Nana Glen res­i­dents.

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