Buderim's Urban Food Street pushes permit deadline
PROPONENTS of Buderim's Urban Food Street are seeking an amnesty from the Sunshine Coast Council in relation to permits and public liability insurance.
Representatives of the UFS project met with mayor Mark Jamieson and the council's community response manager, Sheryl Krome, this week over letters sent to residents late last year advising they needed permits and insurance for their verge gardens.
But the situation remains unresolved just days out from a council-imposed deadline of January 30.
A post on the UFS Facebook page has described the discussions as "semi-productive" and said a further meeting was being sought with the mayor.
The post said an amnesty was sought in the meantime.
"We have requested that amnesty until further discussion can occur with the Mayor in relation to this matter," the post said.
"We are awaiting a council response to that request and a date for those future discussions."
Should Buderim's Urban Food Street be given an 'amnesty' on permits?
This poll ended on 01 February 2017.
Yes. Give them more time to work it out.
No. They should just get the permits.
They shouldn't have to get permits at all.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Buderim residents Duncan McNaught and Caroline Kemp, who have led the UFS project, have refrained from making public comment about the matter and have referred media to the Facebook page.
This week's post said a neighbourhood meeting would be held this Sunday at 5pm for UFS residents only to discuss the council meeting and related issues.
It said the UFS neighbourhood remained "committed to a resolution that was fair and just for all who live within the Sunshine Coast region".
The Sunshine Coast Council's efforts to introduce a permit system for the verge gardens involved in the project and require proof of insurance has met with resistance from within the UFS streets and beyond.
UFS participants believe the proposed system will work against the participatory agriculture model they want to encourage.