No 24 hour trading for Jack
A COUNCIL staff report has given a preliminary green light for a Hungry Jacks restaurant in Noosa Junction.
But it comes with a whopper of a condition to deny the 24 hour trading operation sought by the applicant Cobus Forbes International.
The condition would instead restrict it to the opening times of other local outlets.
That would see Hungry Jacks at Noosa Pde, beside The J community centre, trading from 5am to midnight in a bid to curtail any noise or disturbances from rowdy behaviour by likely revellers, seeking a fast food fix for their after midnight munchies.
A report that went before Sunshine Coast councillors this week noted there had been 30 objections put to council.
The staff report said the food outlet would be compatible with the other "retail, commercial, community and entertainment and dining businesses in Noosa Junction".
The applicant's odour and acoustic reports demonstrated Hungry Jacks could operate above the service station site "without impacting adversely on surrounding uses, including nearby residents".
"However, the noise report does not address the proposed 24 hour operation, with regard to the potential for people to loiter and create significant noise disturbance in the area," the report stated.
The staff report said businesses that continued to operate after midnight included The J (at times), the Sogo Bar (formerly Irish Murphy's) and the Noosa Reef Hotel.
The bar and hotel had liquor licences until 2am and 3am, respectively.
"Accordingly, the hours of operation are recommended to be limited to 5am to midnight, consistent with other restaurants operating in the area and the planning scheme requirement to preserve the low key nature of Noosa Junction," the report said.
"The concerns raised by submitters primarily relate to potential impacts from a fast food type use, such as location, noise, odour and hours of operation."
The report also mentioned concerns about the number and width of driveways on the site and their impact on the reduced landscaping opportunities and pedestrian safety across the site's frontage.
"The Noosa Plan and Noosa Junction master plan seek a 'green streetscape' and therefore, further design changes and the provision of streetscape works are considered necessary to address these concerns, to ensure the proposal is compatible with the existing streetscape.
"For this reason, only a preliminary approval is recommended."
Councillor Russell Green believed the residents' concerns have been addressed.
"I've looked through it carefully and have been happy with it," Cr Green said.