Nambucca council refuses Infusion

THE plan to have alfresco dining on a relocatable platform in the main street of Nambucca Heads has been vetoed by Nambucca Shire councillors.

Councillors were not happy that the council was to fund cost of building the $12,000 platform for use by the Infusion Café, and the ensuing loss of two car-parking spaces.

The recommendation was for the café to pay $44.70 per week for the platform and the lost car parking with staged repayments of the capital cost to begin in the second year of operation. The life of the platform was estimated at 10 years.

Cr Paula Flack said there was no guarantee the business would still exist in 10 years and then the ratepayers would be left paying the bill.

“And what do we say to other businesses when they ask us for a similar platform?” Cr Flack asked council's director of engineering, Bruce Redman.

“You'd have to be fair and say yes,” Mr Redman said.

Cr Elaine South enquired about the table levy paid by cafes to the council. She was amazed to hear the $36 levy was annual not weekly. “I think I'm in the wrong business,” she said.

Cr Anne Smyth said she had a problem with so much money going towards one business.

Cr Mike Moran was the only councilor who voted in favour of the recommendation.



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