Thursday 18 May 2017
State Paves Way for Council Waterfront Decision
State Member for Noosa Glen Elmes MP today announced that he has worked with the State Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) to achieve an interim solution to the ongoing Waterfront Restaurant wedding saga.
“The land in question is owned by the State Government for which DNRM is the responsible agency and by agreement this land is administered by Noosa Council on the State’s behalf.
“Following my discussions with DNRM, the Executive have today confirmed they will not stand in the way of the Restaurant honouring their existing wedding bookings up until November this year, so that the couples involved can have their dream day.
“I have also been speaking with Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington and council officers as well as the owners of the restaurant to unravel this extremely complex matter and I am extremely pleased to have reached a satisfactory interim solution, pending Council’s final decision to grant a temporary permit extension at their meeting tonight.
“It is important to note this issue is not new and that no one is to blame. It simply is a case now of due diligence by the proprietor to seek a permanent solution and apply for an amendment to their Liquor Licence, which became a grey area following their refurbishment a few years ago.
“DNRM have today confirmed they are happy to grant an extension providing the proprietor works with the relevant agencies to secure long term arrangements and that no more bookings are made until this is resolved,”
“It is now time for Noosa Council, the Waterfront Restaurant owners and the relevant State agencies to come up with a permanent solution to remove any further uncertainty, Mr Elmes said