The Cooroy No Worries RV Stop is having to reapply for a costly development planning approval.
The Cooroy No Worries RV Stop is having to reapply for a costly development planning approval.

Made to pay: Cheap RV stop’s costly oversight

Grey nomads and other supporters of the popular Cooroy No Worries RV Stop will be hoping the handy rest stop lives up to its name when council votes to decide if it can continue operating.

The tourist park along Holts Rd close to the Bruce Hwy has been operating successfully for the past five years, but a renewal oversight by operator Glenbrae Operations Pty Ltd back in December 2019 has proven costly.

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Clock stopped on $130 million development application

Park manager Claudia Zannidakis said No Worries has to reapply annually to council to renew its approval.

“We missed it (the renewal deadline) by two weeks and the council said ‘we have to reapply for everything again’,” Ms Zannidakis said.

“This has been going on since January last year.”

Ms Zannidakis said this full-blown development application process including council fees and stormwater survey has seen the cost run into the thousands of dollars.

Noosa Council charges a development application minimum assessment fee of $1916 for any matter which requires a report to council.

The site of the Cooroy RV stopover outside of town.
The site of the Cooroy RV stopover outside of town.

Ms Zannidakis hopes councillors will appreciate the contribution this stopover makes to the local economy when it comes time to vote.

The park can take 20 overnight vans or RVs a night and offers full amenities offering affordable accommodation.

“We get a lot of return visitors from Brisbane because we’re close to everything and we’re not as expensive as Noosa,” she said.

“When the grey nomads can travel in June, July or September we are often fully booked.

“And it also brings money into the community, people just don’t go shopping at the IGA, they get petrol, they to dentists, they got to hairdressers, the go to the pub.”

Ms Zannidakis said during peak holiday times there are not enough affordable places to stay in the area and few can match the No Worries offer of $35 a night for a powered site and $27 unpowered.

A report by council planning co-ordinator Patrick Murphy set to go before the March round of meetings recommends planning approval.

This is despite the park not meeting provisions within the new Noosa planning scheme in regards to site area, density, length of stay, area of roofed buildings and the need for vehicles to be self-contained.

“Importantly, the tourist park is a valued component of Cooroy’s visitor accommodation options with occupiers contributing to the local economy via their use of local retail and professional services,” he wrote in the report.

Mr Murphy also recommends the use of the site to store caravans and RVs remain ancillary to the tourist park operation.


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