Camels not welcome
A bitterly disappointed Noosa North Shore camel tourism operator facing eviction has vowed to fight to save a business which he says generates more than $1 million in promotional value for the Sunshine Coast.
Dave Madden, who runs Camel Company Australia, was at a council strategy and planning meeting on Wednesday which sought to sound the death knell for his 20-year-old business.
He said on Wednesday night that opposition to the business on the grounds of smell and environmental degradation did not stack up against plans by Petrac to develop a world class equestrian centre on the North Shore.
Mr Madden said he had been reassured in July last year that a site would be found for his business. He said he had been unable to get any of the Noosa councillors or the mayor to discuss his future since December.
Mr Madden said his camels had won national television exposure for Noosa as well as coverage in national and international newspapers and magazines.
However, council’s strategy and planning committee will recommend that full council refuse Mr Madden’s application to keep the Camel Company’s 15 animals on a disused quarry on the North Shore.
Strategy and planning director (north), Raul Weychardt, said the application requested that animals remain at the Teewah Beach Road site which is within the Community Services zoning of the Noosa Plan and not intended for animal husbandry.
“This zoning is intended to set land aside for community purposes such as education, emergency services, open space and wellbeing uses, putting the proposal to keep camels on it well outside of the Noosa North Shore Locality plans.
“The report also finds camel keeping has the potential to adversely affect the local environment and their recognisable odour likely to impact on residential amenity.”