David and Caroline Draper are cheering loudly after getting the go-ahead from council to continue their business at Noosa Spit.
David and Caroline Draper are cheering loudly after getting the go-ahead from council to continue their business at Noosa Spit. John Mccutcheon

Family delight at Noosa Spit win

CAROLINE and David Draper have been the human face of the council tender bungle.

For nine months, their lives have been a day-by-day affair.

Today, they can plan a future.

Late on Thursday afternoon, they were given council permission to operate their refreshment van at Noosa Spit.

“It’s like a concrete block has been lifted from my shoulders,” Caroline said.

The decision came after a council meeting last week.

Councillor Russell Green raised the issue of tender sites at Quamby Place and the Noosa Spit.

At the meeting his motions were defeated.

However council staff advised the Noosa Spit refreshment van tender site had been re-instated.

Since the first and second- placed tenderers had not taken up the offer, the third-placed tenderers, the Drapers, were awarded the tender.

Cr Green said the best outcome had been achieved and he was delighted with the results.

The Drapers are simply over the moon.

“We can think about the future, we can plan for the future,” Caroline said.

“This is a victory for people power.

“We’re right until 2013.”


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