Mayor doesn't back down from business closure notice

MAYOR Gerard O'Connell hasn't backed down from a closure notice issued to a Hervey Bay business for an unsafe structure, saying the community's safety is paramount.

Meeting with David Nava, the manager of the Golf 'N' Games amusement complex in Torquay on Tuesday, Cr O'Connell said he understood the concerns of the businessman.

"We're not about closing down business," he said.

"We outlined what officers had done and the qualifications they have."

Mr Nava has leased the site from the owner since December last year.

He had to cease trading immediately after a council officer deemed the timber waterslide structure on the site as unsafe and needing urgent repair.

Mr Nava has claimed he lost thousands of dollars in business at the weekend and expected to lose more at Easter until the structure could be repaired.

He was searching for middle ground with the council to allow the business to continue to trade while repair work was carried out.

Mr Nava described the meeting with Mayor Gerard O'Connell and members of the council's executive team as being "fairly okay".

"It was good and bad," he said.

"He's (Cr O'Connell) not going to back down (on the closure notice)."

The Chronicle understands the owner of the waterslide is working towards repairing some areas.
 



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