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Council rejects Mooloolah
Tavern application

by Elise Martin

Caloundra City Council last Thursday rejected an application by Reed Property Group to build a Mooloolah Tavern.

Division 3 councillor Dell Winkler said she supported the rejection, which was based on the land being zoned as Residential A.  "I don't believe that we could go against our town plan," Cr Winkler said.  "The land is zoned Residential A in the town plan, and in the city plan it has not changed.  The dominant use is for low density residential," she said.

Cr Winkler said she felt the decision reflected the thoughts of a large section of the community. "I form my opinion based on the community's. I will always go with the community," she said.  About 30 protesters gathered at a recent onsite inspection by councillors to express their opposition.

Reed Property Group corporate and strategic marketing manager Rebecca Grisman said the company was disappointed that the Tavern, which had been designed to suit the historical site, was rejected.  Mrs Grisman said a number of locals had contacted Reed to express their disappointment.  "We have had a vocal reaction from some. Other residents haven't expressed their opinions. It would be good if they would," Mrs Grisman said.

RPG is now entering negotiations about their next move, which includes the possibility of an appeal to the courts and exploring other options concerning zoning.  "We are not going to rush.  We will consider it and discuss it with council," Mrs Grisman said.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.