The owners of Clouds Retreat are appealing conditions Sunshine Coast Council placed on its development application for an expansion.
The owners of Clouds Retreat are appealing conditions Sunshine Coast Council placed on its development application for an expansion.

Hinterland retreat’s new owners fight for expansion

A luxury hinterland retreat is challenging almost a dozen "unreasonable" conditions the council has placed on its application for an expansion.

Documents have been lodged with the Planning and Environment Court on behalf of Clouds Retreat, appealing 11 of the 51 conditions placed on its development approval by Sunshine Coast Council.

The application, lodged by owners Northbrook Villages Pty Ltd, was for an expansion of the hinterland business, including for new holiday cabins, a cafe and meeting room and a complete refurbishment of the motel and manager's unit.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission documents show Northbrook is directed by Michael and Susan Fallon of McDowall in Brisbane.

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The conditions they want amended or deleted include that the owners must build a 2m wide bicycle path along Balmoral Rd verge along the entire length of the 1.9ha site, and others involving building 43 car parks and the installation of two 1100L bulk bins for waste and recycling.

They are also challenging a condition that rules out offering accommodation for more than 14 days and another that would restrict it to only have one function a week.

The condition was that functions could only be held on Sundays, unless followed by a public holiday or if the event was in the function room and did not have live or amplified music.

The council approved the application in March

It was lodged by Clouds Retreat's new owners in a bid to upgrade the boutique resort, which has operated for almost 25 years.

"Clouds of Montville has changed hands in recent months," the application read.
"The modifications proposed to bring the resort complex up to date will reflect the existing 'Clouds of Montville' style and continue to be oriented towards a premium resort style experience for visitors and guests but will also meet current standards for access and equity."

The court appeal was lodged by HopGoodGanim Lawyers in Brisbane.



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