Could a highly publicised dog attack that occurred near their property, filmed by Two Tails CCTV cameras, be a major reason as to why the winery/restaurant has been forced to go to the Land and Environment Court to get a ruling on an amended DA lodged around May of last year?
By the Editor
This is the question many in Nana Glen are asking themselves while also arriving at the answer; “Yes, quite possibly.”
On October 30 this year we published a story about the ongoing DA saga. See; https://coffscoastoutlook.com.au/?p=36988
We pointed out then that essentially Two Tails had asked for the ability to seat more restaurant customers on their deck and outdoors so as to be able to expand their business in what they argue is an environmentally sustainable matter. The previous limit was twenty customers which Two Tails argues is uneconomic.
In addition we explained Two Tails (TT) have also asked as part of the DA that customers also be able to have a picnic style experience on the grass area surrounding the restaurant using ‘bean bags’ or similar.
We also outlined that the Coffs Harbour City Council (CHCC) had listed 59 items relating to a wide range of matters they wanted addressed prior to approving a DA.
Matters such as extra parking, amended access, sound barrier erections, water, toilet and sewerage changes (which had already been done by TT), limits on the number of customers to a table, issues pertaining to a liquor license (something which Council has not authority over – it is a state government jurisdictional matter), opening and closing hours, restrictions on dining on the lawn area, goods delivery limitations and restrictions on the landing of helicopters near the restaurant to name a few.
Two Tails estimated that if agreed to these changes could cost in the vicinity of $1m.
They also estimated that their legal and associated costs in dealing with Council’s requests was approximately $500,000, none of which could be claimed back if Two Tails are successful in the Land and Environment Court.
Many comments both here at CCO and on social media such as local Facebook sites were along the lines of; “what does Council have against Two Tails?”
Today we address that issue.
The Dog Attack
In May 2019 CCTV cameras caught footage of a large dog, allegedly from a neighbouring property, crossing Two Tails property and then attacking a women and her dog. The women was taking her smaller dog for a walk on Orara Way in front of Two Tails Winery.
“So what,” I hear you say, “why would Council be worried about that?“
Consider the following.
The attack came shortly after Two Tails amended DA had been lodged. It was Two Tails cameras that caught the incident and it was from there that the incident ‘went viral’.
Aided by postings on social media from a well known Nana Glen family and others there were approximtely 32 milllion Facebook views and roughly 320,000 shares of the incident.
It also went national on Channel 7 news, Triple M and also other NSW radio stations.
Locally The Coffs Coast Advocate ran stories on it that included video of the attack which can be viewed here; https://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/videos/dog-attack-5/60068/
Other Advocate stories also appeared including this one; https://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/news/council-responds-to-dog-attack-criticism/3424401/
CCO has been reliably informed that senior CHCC officials reached out to the prominent Nana Glen family asking them to remove their Facebook activity in regards to this incident.
Why? Because Nana Glen residents suspect it was a PR disaster for Coffs Harbour and, by association, the CHCC.
More than a few of the residents believe, rightly or wrongly, that the CHCC blames Two Tails for this and have been determined to stymie the DA as a result.
We know it is an opinion shared by Two Tails.
And so possibly it is partially an answer to those who wonder why Two Tails seems to be getting ‘unique treatment’ from Council.
State Government asks Councils to make it easier to dine outdoors.
Below we reproduce recent flyers outlining the NSW State Governments new policy on what councils can do to make outdoor dining easier this forthcoming summer during the Covid 19 crisis;
On 5 November Rob Trezise the editor of the Coffs Coast Independent News Facebook site, posted roughly the following in relation to this;
“The Minister For Local Government, Shelley Hancock has released a document for Councils to encourage outdoor dining over Summer with Covid 19 Guide lines in place. Although Two Tails Wines, tmay be excluded from this under the current issue the Planning Department of the Coffs Harbour City Council have with their Velvets Restaurants’ outdoor dining spaces asked for conditions that no other establishment seems to have faced before in a DA application. How about it Steve McGrath, as Council’s General Manager will you follow the Minister advice and change direction on Two Tails Wines?”
To which we here at CCO say; “Here, here great question Rob!”
So far we understand the answer to Rob from council has been “………. crickets……………more crickets………… even more crickets………..”
Maybe it’s because Council doesn’t think state Government’s policy guidelines are worthy of application to places like Nana Glen?
Velvets to open in Jetty strip too
Recently award winning Two Tails publicly announced that they are going to open up a Velvets restaurant in the jetty strip in Coffs Harbour addition to the Velvets in Nana Glen.
The following is a Facebook announcement made by Two Tails on 30 October last;
Genuinely adjoining and affected?
Next week in our third installment on this issue we will look at whether the CHCC notified only genuinely adjoining and affected landowners for a period of 14 days after the lodgement of the readjusted 2019 DA 0160/19 as stated in the 12 March 2020 CHCC council meeting agenda.