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More sites approved for Mathoura park

An extension for Mathoura's Tarragon Lodge Tourist Park has been approved by Murray Shire Council.

RUTH CLAYTON November 26, 2012 4:11am

Murray Shire Council has approved an extension to Mathoura’s Tarragon Lodge Tourist Park.

The development application, discussed at Tuesday’s meeting in Mathoura, proposes to develop the land adjoining the existing part for up to 130 extra cabin and caravan sites.

Councillors heard deputations from objectors Richard McKay and Jane Stumpf, as well as Tarragon Lodge Tourist Park co-owner Shane Moorse.

Mr McKay outlined concerns of the development, including possible trespassing by park patrons on neighbouring properties.

He also said the proposed extension was located in a fire-prone area.

‘‘(There is a) pretty substantial risk ... if we have a fire, (there is) potential for injury and death,’’ Mr McKay said.

‘‘I urge council to reject the application in its present form.’’

Mr Moorse refuted the claims, saying the park was surrounded by a six-foot fence and park patrons would not pose a threat to neighbours.

He also rejected claims the proposal was an over-development.

‘‘Our cabins are further apart than what they have to be ... as they will be in the new development,’’ Mr Moorse said.

‘‘We’re a family business ... and we’re a part of the community.

‘‘We believe we’re bringing people to the community, to support the town in many ways.’’

Cr Betty Murphy voted in favour of the extension and described it as a ‘‘positive step’’ for Mathoura.

‘‘I feel this development has merit,’’ Cr Murphy said.

Cr John Pocklington also voted in favour of the application.

‘‘I like this application,’’ Cr Pocklington said.

‘‘We’ve been bemoaning the closure of the national park (in Mathoura).

‘‘Hopefully this (application) encourages people to explore the forest.’’

The application was approved, with deferred commencement.

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