Councillor Ingrid Jackson has succeeded in her move to persuade Noosa Council to seek Ministerial approval to issue temporary event permits which will enable the Noosa Waterfront Restaurant to continue to use a patch of foreshore land for wedding events until 30 November.
“Noosa has a great reputation as a wedding destination and Tourism Noosa markets weddings as one of our attractions,” Cr Jackson said.
“I was elected to support people in our community, help solve problems and come up with win/win solutions. This includes Council exercising its discretion where possible to support residents and small businesses where there is a reasonable case.”
Cr Jackson said her motion to vary an earlier Council decision was necessary because the Queensland Land Act requires ministerial approval before a council can issue permits.
She said the restaurant owners mistakenly thought they could use a small park area for drinks and canapés and had booked 43 weddings until 30 November on that basis.
“Originally the Council allowed a much shorter timeframe than this, which was going to have a major effect on the business,” Cr Jackson said.
“The restaurant requested that it be allowed to honour the existing bookings and there was strong community support for this, including a petition signed by 1,454 people.
“I believed this was a reasonable request and decided to progress it through council, which agreed with my motion by a majority vote,” she said.
Cr Jackson said that the extension sought was a temporary measure. A broader public consultation is ongoing in relation to the Council’s foreshore planning which will be completed later in the year and which will clarify the extent of commercial use of riverside land to be allowed.