Council speaks out on Ramada
AT PRESENT the resort has approval only to operate a dining facility for resort guests and their guests, Fraser Coast Regional Council acting director of development services Michael Ellery says.
“This limitation was placed on the operation of the facility by the developers and not the council,” he said.
“When the resort application was approved it contained conditions limiting the use of the dining facility to guests only.
“The developer’s consultant confirmed that they were not applying for a restaurant that would be open to the public, only for a facility for resort guests. The council charged minimal headwork fees on this basis and there was no provision made for car parking spaces for use by restaurant patrons.
“Subsequently the resort operators have decided that they want to operate a restaurant that would be open to the public as well as resort guests. They have followed normal development procedures and lodged a development application.
“The resort will be required to make the normal contributions to headworks and car parks as set out in the Hervey Bay Town Plan for a restaurant.
“The figure quoted above was a quote provided to the developer’s consultant based on a restaurant of a particular size prior to the lodgement of the application.
“It was an estimate and the final figure may change when the application is determined and the council considers if there can be a relaxation of charges based on the fact that patrons from the resort will be using the facility and the developer has already made a contribution to headworks for resort guests.”