Rich list Aussie inventor Ralph Sarich.
Rich list Aussie inventor Ralph Sarich.

Mayor Clare declares conflicts of interest

Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart declared two conflicts of interest during this week's council meeting - but only one saw her leave the chamber.

Cr Stewart opted to take no part when the council briefly discussed an application for Heritage Motel Investments submitted by Gympie accountant Cosmos Schuh.

The application was for a convenience shop and offices on street level and four units on the first floor on Diamond St in Cooroy.

However, Cr Steward did not declare a "prescribed" conflict of interest related to the developer.

Instead, she cited the involvement of Cooroy IGA operator Peter Zipf, whose company Creekgold donated to her March election campaign.

Peter Zipf of Cooroy Super IGA.
Peter Zipf of Cooroy Super IGA.

Cr Stewart said Mr Zipf had an interest in this application and attended council's pre-lodgement meeting on behalf of the applicant.

The matter was referred to council's Monday general committee meeting due to its significance.

However, fellow planning councillors Brian Stockwell, Tom Wegener and Karen Finzel voted to allow the mayor to remain for an operational works approval.

Planning staff had recommended the approval for a minor change to landscaping plans at the CBD Settlers Cove development in Noosa Heads.

Shannon Gillard is the company's development manager

Settlers Cove in Noosa.
Settlers Cove in Noosa.

"Mr Shannon Gillard, who is related to the applicant CBD Settlers Cove, and his wife Kate, are friends of mine through our children," Cr Stewart said.

"We socialise together occasionally. I believe the nature of our relationship is not close and personal.

"This application is not to approve or reject it, it is only for noting the decision that has already been made by staff,."

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission lists CBD's directors as Peter Sarich and Lee Pinkerton.

Mr Sarich chairs Settlers Cove development company Cape Bouvard Investments, owned by his father and orbital engine inventor Ralph Sarich.

The mayor successfully moved to accept all the recommended delegated approvals in a vote to be ratified at next Thursday's ordinary meeting.


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