Bottletree application hits hurdle

THE Bottletree Caravan Park has had the brakes put on any plans to use the Blackwater International Coal Centre’s car parking facilities as an overflow for its workers’ camp.

The Central Highlands council on Monday refused an application to use 84 car parking spaces at the BICC.

Development Services manager Luke Lankowski described the application as an “absolute mess” riddled with technical inadequacies.

Bottletree is evicting the last of its caravan residents to make way for 36 workers’ accommodation units at the Littlefield site which would require extra parking.

“They (Bottletree) have gone away in good faith to negotiate with the BICC over a seven-year unsigned lease and their consultants have not done them any favours with some technical flaws in the application,” Mr Lankowski said.

“The reality is those people are already parking in the BICC.

“If (Bottletree) does not achieve its car parking they are not compliant with their approvals.”

Mr Lankowski said Bottletree’s owners, Discovery Holiday Parks Australia, would now be urged to negotiate with the council over the use of a land reserve to the west of the van park as a parking option. Councillor Kerry Hayes vented anger at the situation, saying, “two wrongs don’t make a right”.

On September 20, 2010, the council gave approval to legitimise Bottletree’s 200-strong camp already in existence.

BICC board members Mayor Peter Maguire and Deputy Mayor Paul Bell excused themselves from the hearing.

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