Lake­side venue hal­tered

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY EMMA PRIOR

A coun­cil ap­proved food and drink premises to be con­structed on a prime va­cant water­front block on Hunt Street and opened by sum­mer has been hal­tered with the de­vel­op­ment now taken to VCAT.

The de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion planned to pro­vide a fam­ily friendly premises with a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent cuisines and dishes while cus­tomers en­joyed the lake view with en­ter­tain­ment also on of­fer.

Land owner and ap­pli­cant Tony Scalzo said he was dis­ap­pointed that his coun­cil ap­proved ap­pli­ca­tion will now go to VCAT.

“The con­struc­tion and open­ing of the food and drink premises won’t be go­ing ahead this sum­mer and un­for­tu­nately we can’t do any­thing about it un­til the hear­ing in early 2019,” Mr Scalzo said.

“Moira Shire has been great try­ing to help push it for­ward af­ter they passed it at a pre­vi­ous or­di­nary coun­cil meeting and were look­ing for­ward to see­ing if a new de­vel­op­ment in

Yar­ra­wonga, could help in the fu­ture pro­jec­tion of the town.”

Moira Shire Coun­cil passed the de­vel­op­ment at their July or­di­nary meeting with the pro­viso that the ap­pli­cant fol­lows twenty one con­di­tions, some in­clud­ing:

• liquor must only be con­sumed within li

censed area

• a max­i­mum ca­pac­ity of 600 pa­trons

• noise emit­ted to not ex­ceed per­mis­si­ble

noise lev­els

• a pedes­trian cross­ing point across Hunt Street to be de­vel­oped and in­ter­nal cus­tomer park­ing, ma­noeu­vring ar­eas and loading and un­load­ing ar­eas.

Moira Shire Coun­cil’s July or­di­nary coun­cil meeting re­port stated the pro­posal would ac­ti­vate a cur­rently un­der­utilised site and cater to both tourist and res­i­dents alike, of­fer­ing greater di­ver­sity in din­ing op­tions within Yar-

Fore­shore fes­ti­val planned A Yar­ra­wonga fore­shore fes­ti­val in the plan­ning for this sum­mer, Jan­uary 10- 15.

It is be­lieved the six day event will be or­ga­nized by the orig­i­nal ap­pli­cant of the food truck fes­ti­val which was re­fused a per­mit from Moira Shire Coun­cil for last sum­mer.

The new ap­pli­ca­tion for a re­vised fore­shore fes­ti­val, plans to in­clude mar­kets, live lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment, food trucks and beverages as well as kids’ en­ter­tain­ment and will op­er­ate from 4pm-10pm weekdays and 12 noon-10pm Satur­day and Sun­day

The or­gan­iser of the event is cur­rently invit­ing lo­cal busi­nesses in­ter­ested in sup­ply­ing or hav­ing a mar­ket stall to com­plete a reg­is­tra­tion form by Novem­ber, 14.

“We are now look­ing for ap­pli­ca­tions from lo­cal traders who want to be a part of this fam­ily friendly event and can help show­case lo­cal busi­nesses,” their web­site says. ra­wonga whilst also con­tribut­ing to the vi­tal­ity and safety of the Lake Mul­wala fore­shore.

Moira Shire Act­ing Gen­eral Man­ager In­fra­struc­ture Rick Devlin said when as­sessed by coun­cil, the pro­posal met con­di­tions but con­firmed it has now been taken to VCAT which will be heard some­time in 2019.

“The ap­pli­ca­tion was as­sessed by coun­cil in ac­cor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of the Moira Plan­ning Scheme, in­clud­ing an as­sess­ment on park­ing, the amenity of the sur­round­ing area and the sale and con­sump­tion of liquor,” Mr Devlin said.

“It was de­ter­mined the pro­posal met these re­quire­ments and was con­sis­tent with the Plan­ning Scheme, in­clud­ing the pur­pose of the Mixed-Use Zone, which the site is lo­cated within pro­vid­ing for a range of land uses in­clud­ing higher den­sity res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial uses.

“An appeal was lodged at VCAT last month and it is likely a hear­ing will be sched­uled in early 2019 where coun­cil will present to the tri­bunal how the ap­pli­ca­tion is con­sis­tent with

Land owner and ap­pli­cant Tony Scalzo, pic­tured with his sons Alessan­dro and Joe, at the lo­ca­tion that was planned for a food and drinks premises de­vel­op­ment that has now been taken to VCAT.

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