HOPEFUL: Kathy Higgins is hoping she can come to an agreement with the council so the Vintage Rose Cottage in Bauple can keep operating.
HOPEFUL: Kathy Higgins is hoping she can come to an agreement with the council so the Vintage Rose Cottage in Bauple can keep operating. Alistair Brightman

Hope for future of cottage

AFTER resigning herself to closing her beloved business, Kathy Higgins has been given a ray of hope.

The Bauple resident was set to close Vintage Rose Cottage after being hit with expensive council fees.

Ms Higgins said one of the additional requirements stipulated by the Fraser Coast Council was that they could have no more than two people at a time at the gardens and no more than eight throughout the day.

She was told she could not operate on a Sunday without paying an additional set of fees and Sundays were the business' busiest day.

"We have effectively closed our doors due to the many definable requirements," Ms Higgins said in a Facebook post.

But on Christmas Eve, the council contacted Ms Higgins and council chief executive officer Lisa Desmond told her she did not want her business to close.

"We have been asked to keep operating as a business," Ms Higgins said.

Ms Higgins will meet with the council in mid-January in an effort to work out an arrangement so the Bauple tea gardens can continue operating.

Ms Desmond said there was no need for the business to close its doors and if it wanted to be able to host more people it would need to go through planning approval.

Ms Desmond said that was one of the things she would help the business work through.

She said it would also need a food licence to be able to serve meals.

"There are a couple of compliance issues we need to work through," Ms Desmond said.

"There are requirements; everyone's got to have them."



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