FURIOUS: CQ Mariners Football Club president Brian Niven is angry his club’s proposal to set up a car wash has been rejected.
FURIOUS: CQ Mariners Football Club president Brian Niven is angry his club’s proposal to set up a car wash has been rejected. Luka Kauzlaric

Council quashes not-for-profit group’s car wash proposal

BRIAN Niven is not happy.

An application by his soccer club to build a car wash in Kin Kora, which would have provided an income for the not-for-profit group, was rejected by Gladstone Regional Council on Wednesday.

The proposed car wash at 1 Olsen Ave, Kin Kora included six wash bays, a dog wash and 11 vacuum bays.

"It meant an income towards paying wages for our professional coach," he said.

"We have one of the highest qualified coaches, and we need to pay him."

Most sporting clubs have high costs and very little income, he said.

But Olsen Ave resident Neville Butcher, whose property adjoins the proposed site, said it was misplaced.

"These things go 24 hours a day," he said.

"The value of our property would go down if we had that plonked next to us."

"I'm not against sports clubs - I love sports clubs. But there's a place where they should put these things and that's not right next to residents."

Mayor Gail Sellers said it was unrealistic to expect to build a car wash at the Olsen Ave site, which is not suited to commercial use.

"If the Wolves (now CQ Mariners) had come to the council before they purchased that site and asked us what was suitable, we would have told them," she said.

Cr Sellers said 18 objections were received by the council. "In this case I strongly believe we've done the right thing."

CQ Mariners' Mr Niven vowed to appeal the decision.

"We're not going to go away," he said.



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