At its ordinary meeting on 23 October, Council considered two planning proposals, objections to the proposals and Council officer recommendations.
One of the plans considered was an application by M.P. Savage Pty Ltd for an adventure park at 248 Spraggs Rd, Toolangi.
After much deliberation, four out of seven Councillors voted in favour of issuing a Notice of Decision to grant a permit for the use and development of 248 Spraggs Road, Toolangi as an outdoor recreation facility.
The outdoor recreation facility, or ‘high ropes adventure park’, proposed ziplines and elevated activities, 60 car spaces and a kiosk serving pre-packaged food and drinks. Developers are estimating it will attract some 30,000 visitors each year, but visitors will need to book ahead so the site’s capacity of 150 patrons is not exceeded.
Land Use Planning Portfolio Councillor, Margaret Rae said as well as hearing some concerns from the broader community about the environmental and amenity impacts of an ‘adventure park’ operating in the area, Council also received four objections to the proposal.
“The majority of Councillors decided the issues raised by objectors could be managed through permit conditions, such as setting the facility’s normal hours of operation as 9am to 6pm except during May, June, July and August when hours of operation are limited to 9am to 5.30pm.
“The value and benefit this kind of tourism operation would bring to the area is really significant,” Cr Rae said.
“Following an alternative motion, Council also issued a Notice of Decision to grant a permit for the use and development of 1274 Yarck Road, Gobur for a dwelling.
“This application sought to retrospectively gain approval for the conversion of an existing shed into a dwelling.
“Initially Council officers recommended Council refuse to grant the planning permit due to issues around residential developments on productive agricultural land in rural zones; however, after careful consideration, Council resolved unanimously that the application should be supported subject to a number of permit conditions,” Cr Rae said.Advertisement
For more information about these planning applications and Council’s decisions, visit www.murrindindi.vic.gov.au/councilminutes