The owner of Tatura-based business Compass Pools is hopeful of a positive outcome after Greater Shepparton City Council delayed a decision on whether to refuse a permit for the business.JARROD WHITTAKER May 28, 2014 3:51am
Tatura's Heather and Joe Hughes are relieved council has delayed a ruling that could end their business.
A Tatura farming couple that uses part of its property to warehouse swimming pools has welcomed a council decision to delay ruling on a proposal that could put him out of business.
Joe and Heather Hughes operate their business Compass Pools from their property on Midland Hwy, Tatura.
At last week’s meeting, City of Greater Shepparton councillors considered a proposal to refuse the couple a permit to continue operating.
A Greater Shepparton City Council officer’s report recommended refusing the business a permit to operate, because of its location in a farming zone.
However, councillors voted to delay a decision after Cr Kevin ‘‘Gunna’’ Ryan told the meeting the Hughes’ activity was no longer illegal following Victorian Government amendments to planning legislation.
Mr Hughes said he was pleased about the decision.
‘‘We’re confident we’ll get a positive outcome,’’ Mr Hughes said.
He said a lack of suitable industrial land nearby meant the business would have shut down if councillors had backed the proposal — at a cost of six jobs.
‘‘We’ve committed ourselves financially and to the people we do it for, and the people that are employed here are committed,’’ Mr Hughes said.
‘‘One bloke’s bought a new car, one’s bought a new house. They’re all committed and what do they do if they lose their job? It’s just out of the question.’’
In addition to storing the pools before they are delivered to clients, the Hughes’ raise about 100 head of cattle on their property.
Mr Hughes said each aspect of the business kept the other viable.
He said he was pleased with the way councillors had addressed the issue.
The News understands the council is investigating options to allow Compass Pools to continue.
Councillors will consider the matter at their next ordinary meeting on Tuesday, June 17.
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