Coffs Harbour City Councillors are tonight being asked by their Planning Department to reject a DA to allow Two Tales Winery and Restaurant in Nana Glen to expand the restaurant dining areas, involving the use of the existing deck for seating and the use of two grassed areas adjoining the existing restaurant and vineyard.
Among the reasons given for the recommendation to Councillors, resulting from what Outlook understands to be objections by a small number of residents among the 12 submissions received, was one that argued: “the business operator is unlikely to stick to any requirement of a Council approval or a liquor licence as they already consistently do not comply with the requirement of the existing approval and liquor licence.” See; https://infocouncil.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/Open/2020/02/CO_20200227_AGN_2212_AT_WEB.htm
In a statement on the Coffs Coast Advocate’s Facebook site Two Tails owner Madonna Bannerman said ” Just to clarify a few things. We trade until 10pm 2 nights a week and we close at 4.30pm every other day.
We are not wanting Music on the grass area as we are not wanting to upset our neighbors.
We have not breached any liquor license rules and if we did Liquor and Gaming would take our license off us. We run this business within the guidelines of what council has approved.
We are asking to use the grassed area as alternative dining option just like every winery in Australia. The Councillors have a chance on Thursday night to do the right thing for the Coffs Coast, tourism and employment.
Let’s see what happens.”
Other objections included issues around parking and that outdoor seating areas are not defined enough and it was “doubtful that customers will be kept to these designated areas”.
Submissions in support argued that the development should be supported as it provides important economic benefits for the local economy.
Additionally others also argued that Council has been “discriminating against the business operator and should instead be promoting the business as it provides employment”.
Outlook understands the vast majority of Nana Glen and other Orara Valley based ratepayers strongly support the Two Tails DA, including other businesses in the area.
Editors note: Liqour licensing and policing is carried out in NSW by Liquour and Gaming NSW, a State Government Department. Do you, like us, not find it strange therefore that liqour licensing issues are mentioned in the report to Councillors when prima facie it does not appear to be within the remit of the CHCC Planning Department?
We also understand that Liqour and Gaming have not had issues with Two Tails in this regard.
Previous CCO stories on this can be found here; https://coffscoastoutlook.com.au/two-tails-winery-da-is-there-more-than-meets-the-eye-to-this-one/ and also here too; https://coffscoastoutlook.com.au/two-tails-winery-the-story-continues/
Community feedback on this issue can be found at the Coffs Coast Advocate’s Facebook site here;https://www.facebook.com/coffscoastadvocate/