Gymea, a suburb in southern Sydney, is a low density residential area but over the last decade, it became a popular shopping destination. The suburb’s shopping district also includes grill café in Gymea, restaurants, café and gourmet food shops. However, an application by Gymea Hotel for 12 car park entertainment events a year was rejected.
The Gymea hotel submitted a limited number of events that was previously held in the car park. It claims that there was a substantial contribution to the Gymea village because of the venue and forum provided for the celebration of Oktoberfest and Lily Festival. However, the application was rejected dues to concerns over noise and behaviourof attendees.
Sutherland Shire Council explained that the request was refused because a car parking area must be available on unrestricted basis without any fees required for employee’s and visitor’s vehicles. A spokesman from the council told The Leader that if they will consider a proposal of this nature; they have to balance the benefits of the development against the impact on the amenities of the locality.
The council is also concerned that if events will be held frequently, it could result into unsatisfactory noise that will impact on the nearby residential area. When the parking space is used for events, it would unreasonably displace cars from the hotel’s parking space.
The council further said that they have received several opinions from residents as well as the police. Both have expressed their anxiety on the noise that will be created, the use of the car park, safety and security and the behaviour of the attendees. They also consider it highly unreasonable for the hotel to propose events with frequency. The application of the hotel in its current form failed to gain the support of the council, residents and police.
Location can make a difference in the success or failure of a restaurant. The best locations are accessible and visible with sufficient parking space. For example, grill café in Gymea must have its own parking lot to accommodate the customer’s vehicles. It is also important to consider additional parking space for overflow during peak periods.