Entertainment parks aren’t normally built right next to people’s homes. So why should this entertainment park be allowed to do just that, despite the guidelines under the Planning Scheme making this type of development out of place for the area?
The Guanaba Experience development application proposes to develop an entertainment park next door to where people live.
The residents of the area live there based on an understanding the area in question: 196/98-196 Guanaba Road, Tamborine Mountain, would be protected under the Tamborine Mountain Escarpment Protection Precinct within the Tamborine Mountain Zone.
The guidelines under the Planning Scheme were a guarantee that any development on the property would fit within the area’s quiet, rural culture.
Residents didn’t bank on a development application that contradicts the guidelines and proposes to introduce a business completely at odds with the reasons people came to live in such an out-of-the-way, peaceful rural setting.
The Guanaba Experience entertainment park puts zip lines (flying foxes), camp sites, rope climbs, a restaurant, a bike shop, toilet facilities, mountain bike training and more on the doorstep of the area’s residents.
This is not generally what entertainment parks do; other entertainment parks have set up in remote areas, where residents aren’t impacted by the noise and traffic associated these businesses.
Here are some examples of adventure parks away from people’s homes …
1. Scenic Rim Adventure Park: Off the beaten track in Queensland. Offers extreme downhill mountain biking, campsites and will soon have zip lines, abseiling and a rope course.
2.. Hollybank Treetop Adventure: Zip lines in Tasmania away from residents.
3. Treetop Adventure Park: Zip lines on the NSW Central Coast with one or two rural residences.
4. Otway Fly Treetop Adventures: Zip lines in NSW in a remote location.
5. Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours: Zip lines in Queensland.
6. Jubes Mountain Bike Park: Mountain bike trails in NSW.
7. Eagle Mountain Bike Park: Mountain bike trails in SA.
8. Emu Creek Eco Retreat: $5 entry for downhill and trail mountain bikes, camping and 4WDs in NSW.
9. The list goes on …
All of the above parks have only one or two entertainment offerings. Guanaba Experience puts many more offerings together, creating a collection of noises.
So why should Guanaba Experience be allowed to go against current Tamborine Mountain zoning and develop a business outside community expectations and negatively impacting on residents in the area?
Why should it be entitled to change people’s lifestyles (people who thought themselves protected by the current Planning Scheme) while providing no rationale for why the current zoning should be changed?
Info on the Tamborine Mountain zoning code (PDF, 1.1mb)
See the environmental concerns with such a park: Precious Guanaba flora and fauna