There is a small portion of State-owned parkland (an isolated 16 x 6 meters segment of the much larger Chaplin Park) fronting our restaurant which sits beside the Noosaville canal.
For many years, the restaurant has paid for permits to use this grassy strip for weddings and other functions: a pleasant place where a ceremony can be held and canapés and drinks served prior to a sit-down meal in the restaurant.
Last year, we were directed by Noosa Council not to use the area for anything other than wedding ceremonies, a decision temporarily reversed in May when the Council was persuaded this would incur significant disruption and cost to our business because of commitments made in forward bookings.
A key factor in this temporary change of mind was huge pressure exerted on Councillors by hundreds of members of the Noosa community and business firms.
We are now seeking Council approval for a long-term solution that will enable us to use this small segment of land, primarily for weddings followed by champagne and canapés.
It is within the authority of Noosa Council, as trustee for the land, to seek State Government consent for this. t it seems that, although we were offered relief once, this will not happen a second time.
When it reversed its original decision in May, the Council also resolved in its draft Noosaville foreshore plan to “further consider longer-term tenure associated with the Noosa Waterfront Restaurant’s use of the reserve land”.
The plan, now available for public comment, it fails to include such use. So again we are seeking community and business support to sue this small patch of grass.
Similar businesses to ours in Noosa have been granted access to public areas - including footpaths and parks - to enhance their services. But, unfortunately, not us.
This small patch of grass that adds an aura to weddings far greater than its size, is considered OK for a ceremony but not for a canapé.
Our proposed use of the area is not exclusive and we’ve said we’ll limit it to three times a week for no more than eight hours a week.
We are not fussed about what kind of permission is granted, that is up to the authorities; we’ve even offered a land swap. But we do ask the Council for a positive decision that provides us certainty to offer a small but highly valued service to our guests.
The Noosa Waterfront Restaurant has won many awards in its short life and it has proven to be a fine asset to the community and to Noosa as a tourist destination. We want to keep it that way
Link to current petition (with over 1750 signatures) and comments shared on our Facebook page and a basic background of “The patch of grass “ below: