Tavern to stop Amamoor thirst

THE town with no pub may soon have a new watering hole if developers get their way.

Yesterday, Gympie Regional Council’s Planning and Development Committee couldn’t see any problem with an application for a new tavern and unit development at Amamoor, even though two submissions have been received by council opposing the application.

The development will see a 10-unit motel and caretaker's residence, a single-story tavern, a deck/beer garden and a drive-through facility constructed on a 1.282 hectare block.

Concern outlined in the two submissions received included inadequate public notification; a lack of detail on gaming and food areas; a lack of information on night lighting; site works; operation of the tavern and motel; building works and landscaping.

Other issues were increased traffic; flooding; lack of detail in relation to effluent disposal; poor pedestrian access; no bus or taxi service; poor overall layout; lack of police presence in Amamoor and water supply issues.

In submitting the application Robyn Mills said the proposed tavern and motel were required to satisfy a growing residential and tourism market in Amamoor.

Council’s town planners reported there was some concern about the economic viability of what would be a “reasonably large” tavern in Amamoor considering that the Traveston Crossing Dam was no longer going ahead.

During peak hour the development is expected to generate 35 trips.

It will be required to connect to town water and use water saving devices as town water supply is “severely limited”.

But Planning and Development Chair Cr Ian Petersen told the meeting that “you wouldn’t approve something of this size without putting it on town water”.

In the report, Council’s Director of Planning and Development Mike Hartley, recommended for councillors to approve the development, with certain conditions.

The permitted hours of operation stand at 10am to 10pm seven days a week, including public holidays.

Cr Graham Engeman moved that the Planning and Development Committee approve the application and Cr Julie Walker seconded the motion.

The application will now go before a general meeting for ratification.

Gympie Times

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