Lakeside venue haltered
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
• a maximum capacity of 600 patrons
• noise emitted to not exceed permissible
• 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.