Pizza Hut, bakery can't make dough

AS YESTERDAY’S meeting of the Fraser Coast council neared its close the council’s executive manager of development assessment was stopped in his tracks.

Acting mayor Belinda McNeven spotted Michael Ellery heading for the exit and took the opportunity to make him available to people interested in a shopping complex proposed for Maryborough.

Moments earlier Ms McNeven, who chaired yesterday’s meeting, had apologised to the same interested parties who had attended the meeting expecting to see the long-running proposal resolved.

At the beginning of the meeting Christine Dreger, representing the applicant, Micky Souvlis, told the meeting they had issues with the restrictive hours of operation the council was proposing.

The officer had recommended the centre operate from 6.30am to 8.30pm from Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 6pm on Sundays.

Delivery hours were proposed to be 6.30am to 6.30pm, from 10am to 6pm on Sundays.

“It’s just ridiculous,” Ms Dreger said. “How can a bread shop open at 10am in the morning?”

She also said Pizza Hut, one of the proposed tenants at the shopping complex, had planned to open until midnight on Friday and Saturday and until 11pm on Sundays.

“We’re lucky these tenants have hung on for all the time we’ve been stalled,” she said.

The development application was first lodged with the Maryborough City Council in March 2007.

Two residents, Gwen Jenson and Wendy Young, expressed their concerns about the times of deliveries and how this could affect tenants staying in flats beside the proposed complex.

Councillors voted 5-4 to defer a decision on the proposal to its next planning and development meeting on December 9.

Ms McNeven said it would be more beneficial in the long run to take the extra time to consider new conditions.

The motion to defer was carried 5-4 with councillors Barbara Hovard, Debbie Hawes, Sue Brooks, Julie Arthur and Ms McNeven voting in favour.

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