Dinner in the Sky Jack Evans proposal lifts off
FIRST there was aqua- Splash and now there's Dinner in the Sky, as Tweed Shire councillors agree to write a letter of support for a proposal to offer pop-up dining, 50 metres above Jack Evans Boat Harbour.
At Thursday's council meeting, councillors voted 3:2 (Crs Gary Bagnall and Barry Longland against) in support of a proposal by company Events in the Sky to lodge a proper development application for an elevated dining platform, marquee and kitchen facilities.
The facility is expected to operate for 12 days in mid-2016 on the northern side of the harbour.
Events in the Sky chief executive officer Simon Laxton said sky dinners operated as a temporary pop-up restaurant in scenic locations, carrying up to 22 people sitting around a table, plus a chef, two waiters and himself as host.
Patrons are offered champagne and nibbles downstairs, before sitting at a table which is lifted up by a crane, for several courses. They return downstairs for a break, before returning up the crane one more time for dessert.
Sky Dinners are mobile, have been running in Sydney and the Gold Coast, and its hoped Kingscliff would be another location.
"It's a fantastic experience," Mr Laxton said.
"I've hosted 1200 of them so far," he said.
A brunch would cost about $120, lunch $220 and dinner $320.
Tweed District Residents and Ratepayers Association president Lindy Smith said she was disappointed the letter was supported by councillors without the need for public consultation.
But Cr Warren Polglase said the idea was "novel" and the community would "warm to it".
"Jack Evans to Tweed people is like Darling Harbour to Sydney," Cr Polglase said.
"It was always part of the Jack Evans master plan to have activities on the water," he said.
Council general manager Troy Green said a letter of support from council was required so Events in the Sky could start a formal application process.
"Tweed has just been declared as a regional city centre and any good city centre has that foreshore activated for people to enjoy, like South Bank in Brisbane," Mr Green said.
He said initial indication of support would not pre-empt the statutory processes, including public consultation.
The idea follows a proposal by aquaSplash to establish an inflatable water park in the harbour.
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