It was standing room only at Monday night’s Moira Shire meeting when councillors unanimously voted to extend the lease with the Yarrawonga Holiday Park Committee.FIONA BLICK March 18, 2014 3:49pm
More than 50 people, including the Holiday Park Committee and Yarrawonga Football Netball Club members, coaches and players, drove to Wunghnu from Yarrawonga to hear councillors deliberate on this issue and when the vote was cast an appreciative round of applause came from the gallery.
The recommendation for the extension of the lease was originally in the confidential section of the meeting, however Mayor Peter Mansfield suspended standing orders to allow for discussion of this issue at the start of the meeting, essentially bringing the recommendation into the public domain.
Cr Ed Cox moved the recommendation “that council approach the Minister with a view of gaining the permission of the Minister to extend the lease with the current operators of the Yarrawonga Holiday Park for a period to be determined”.
“This is the best way to move forward, not only for Moira Shire but specifically for the Holiday Park,” Cr Cox said.
Cr Don McPhee reiterated Cr Cox’s statement and said “this is a procedural move and it is a good move”.
Cr Brian Keenan said the development proposal put forward by the Holiday Park committee was a “phenomenal proposal for a community the size of Yarrawonga”.
“Although I was disappointed the committee didn’t give a formal presentation to council and we had to find out about in the papers; we were flying blind with this,” he said.
Committee Chair Geoff Campbell told the Chronicle last week the current lease was due to expire in 2015 and “we have been preparing for the future during the past four years through the development of a management plan and now the development of a master plan for the precinct”.
“Our management plan was described by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment as a template for committees across the state, however, we have been disappointed council officers have not presented this document to council for consideration,” he said.
Paul Squires from Opal Projects, the appointed project manager for the Holiday Park development, said the decision to extend the lease was wonderful news.
“We are hoping to get a minimum lease of 21 years to make the most of our project developments but of course the longer the lease, the better,” Mr Squires said.
“It was a positive meeting; it was excellent councillors decided to put the recommendation into the public forum and support the community.”
Mr Squires said the Holiday Park committee was looking forward to working proactively with council officers and with the community to put forward a submission to the Minister in accordance with council’s resolution.
“Councillors were invited and had the opportunity to receive a full review of the development proposal and all councillors remain welcome at any time to review these plans,” he said.
“The Yarrawonga Holiday Park Committee looks forward to discussing with councillors and staff our comprehensive Resort Masterplan.”
Allan Porter, the committee’s project manager, told the Chronicle he was “absolutely thrilled” with the outcome.
“After four years of submitting plans and so forth to council we have finally got a result,” Mr Porter said.
“I feel it is a good outcome for the community of Yarrawonga Mulwala.
“Having all those people turn up in support of the committee was great.
“It was people power that got this recommendation through.”
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