Council approves gardens for hiring

Glenn CordingleyBroome Advertiser

The lush surrounds of the only private residence on picturesque Gantheaume Point will be available to hire for up to 12 functions a year, catering for up to 300 people at a time.

The site is about 3000sqm in size and is located at the end of the Kavite Road Reserve.

The historic Gantheaume Point lighthouse abuts the site to the north while the remainder is surrounded by coastal bushland.

The Broome racecourse lays about 500m to the south.

Lankester Planning Services made the submission to the Shire of Broome on behalf of client Cori Fong.

The site is currently used for residential purposes, with a dwelling constructed centrally on the property.

The fenced outdoor area is surrounded by established gardens and lawns and boasts stunning coastal views.

“The location of the site provides an attractive outdoor setting to hold a range of functions, which could include wedding ceremonies and/or receptions, small public or private music recitals, birthday parties or corporate Christmas parties or other gatherings,”

An officer report in the ordinary council agenda stated.“ The cleared lawn areas around the dwelling would comprise of the primary potential seating/function area. “The abutting verandah area of the house would also be available for use by potential hirers.”

The report said the total seating area was about 850sqm and the rewas capacity for a marquee on the lawn.

“The applicant has indicated that the number of people at each function would vary however the maximum amount of patrons at any one point is 300,” The report said.

“The outdoor area will be hired out in its present form and there is no proposal to change the site or the existing buildings.

“The existing dwelling on site will not be made available for any use associated with the grounds.”

Concerns were raised over a limited amount of car parking bays but the applicant said patrons would be transported to and from the site by buses, which was considered “adequate” by planners.

The application was approved with a raft of conditions including submission of traffic management plan and annual compliance report to the Shire of Broome demonstrating the planning orders have been met.

Approval was given for 24 months only pending further approval from the council.

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