Race on to save boutique hinterland wedding venue
THE RACE is on to save a popular hinterland wedding venue from closure as the owners seek a belated approval of their business.
Documents have been submitted to the Sunshine Coast Council on behalf of the owners of Halfmoon Hideaway located on picturesque Mountain View Rd, Wootha, near Maleny.
Julian and Gillian Leigh are the owners seeking a retrospective approval for the operation of their existing function facility, after the council issued a show cause notice on June 8 last year having identified that the facility didn't have an effective approval.
In a response to the notice lodged last July it was revealed the owners believed they'd been operating lawfully for about 15 years based on verbal advice from council staff.
No pre-existing use rights were identified in ensuing meetings though and the owners were left to submit a formal development permit seeking the approvals needed to save their business.
Council officers identified early support for the proposal given the property's location, previous operations with no complaints and the facility being potentially allowed under the property's rural zoning.
The boutique wedding venue had been catering to low-key, marquee weddings once a week, typically on weekends, with a capacity of up to 60 people.
Operations on the site run from 10am-midnight with weddings usually running from 2-11pm.
A cabin on the site is booked as part of the wedding package, with all other elements, including marquee, catering, accommodation, celebrants and more all outsourced while the owners remain on-site as they live in the main home on the property.
Halfmoon Hideaway's website states the cottage was built about eight years ago, and can play a key role in hosting weddings in the event of wet weather, with the spacious deck providing an alternative to the garden marquee.
The requirement to book the cabin and the nature of the events held means there were no issues with neighbouring properties and traffic.
The public submission period for the retrospective approval application closes on January 31.