Shack waits on council decision
FINGAL Head's Sheoak Shack is facing an uncertain future after Tweed Shire councillors decided the popular cafe's management, staff and customers will have to wait until October to find out what that future will look like.
At their final monthly council meeting, the outgoing councillors determined to leave the decision on whether Sheoak Shack will be allowed to continue to operate to the new council at its October monthly meeting.
Council staff recommended councillors either refuse an application by Sheoak Shack management for an amended Development Consent or agree to defer the decision until October.
The amended development consent application asked for the establishment of an art galley/coffee shop including a refreshment room and permission for extended trading hours on Saturdays as well as live music at the venue.
The matter was considered at the council's July meeting but was deferred until today's meeting to allow councillors, council staff and representatives from the Sheoak Shack to attend a workshop to discuss the issues at hand.
Sheoak Shack is also in hot water over its parking provisions and council staff put forward a proposal that would see the cafe create a number of parking spaces directly in front of the site.
The cafe management's responses to the proposed parking spaces included the claim the spaces interfered with the riverside view, which was the reason why the business was created.
Management further pointed out there seemed to be no reason to build another formalised parking area in an area that was already well supplied with parking.
Sheoak Shack representatives also stated the proposed parking area was on the inside of a bend with double white lines.
Consequently patrons would need to execute a turn somewhere along Fingal Road which could tempt drivers to cross the lines illegally.
The councillors' deferral allows Sheoak Shack management to submit further details in response to council staff's compliance concerns and for council officers to submit a further report to council's October meeting.