Gin and bear it as council looks to decide on industrial liquid shut out
OWNERS of Cooroy's 20 20 Distillery may want to pour themselves a stiff drink on today, June 13, World Gin Day, as they wait for to see if Noosa Council will cut them some planning approval slack.
On Monday councillors will meet in general committee to discuss whether to defend an appeal by the owners of the operation set up in the industrial estate, for a refusal to approve a bar that is already built and awaiting its first commercial pour.
Certainly Brian and Nadia Bedding who built the distillery in Taylor Court may wish to salute the sentiments of Councillor Tom Wegener who has the backing of Mayor Clare Stewart in arguing for allowing the bar to operate with conditions.
Council development assessment manager Kerri Coyle wants council to hold the line and enforce its bar prohibition in Cooroy's industrial area.
She said council should stick with the Noosaville industrial estate as the only exception to allow the mix of hospitality and industrial uses.
Ms Coyle in her report to council said: "The proposed bar is identified as an inconsistent use for the site, is not well located being isolated from the township and urban areas of Cooroy with no footpath and public transport opportunities for patrons."
This also has "the potential to conflict with the approved industrial uses on the site, impact on their ability to operate the industrial uses approved for the site and erode one of the remaining key industrial estates in Noosa Shire"
Cr Wegener said the bar operation is for hours that are "totally outside of the rest of the Cooroy industrial estate" and "doesn't seem to interfere with the use of the industrial area".
Cr Wegener said this business would help draw people to the area and boost the Cooroy economy.
Mayor Clare Stewart said the council "needed to be empowering Noosa businesses to get up and running".
Cr Stewart said she could see no reason why this Cooroy site could not follow the precedent set in Noosaville industrial estate by accommodating bars.
"This is already an approved distillery, so we're not actually taking away from other industrial businesses here, we're just adding on the ability for them to have a bar," she said.
Cr Brian Stockwell was concerned that the unconstrained used of industrial land throughout the shire for these hospitality outlets would force the price of land up.
"While we do want to see these urban enterprises in the appropriate locations, we don't want to see traditional manufacturing, traditional industrial uses, the tradie shed having nowhere they can afford to buy in the shire," Cr Stockwell said.