For more than a decade, Goulburn Mulwaree Council have been working with Wakefield Park and nearby residents to address and find a balanced and fair outcome for all concerned. I believe the matter should have been dealt with, and determined by Council through mediation and without legal intervention. It is extremely disappointing that each party was unable to negotiate a better outcome before taking the matter to court.
Traditionally, the facility was approved for operation with the primary purposes of racing historic motor vehicles, limited to four racing events per month. Over time the facility changed ownership, coinciding with an evolution of the business model to the point where the facility typically operates more than 300 days per year. The evolution of Wakefield Park has not been complemented by a new or amended consent, nor did Goulburn Mulwaree Council seek compliance.
Whilst it is regrettable that Wakefield Park elected to proceed with an appeal to the Court prior to receiving Councils determination, it was entirely their right to do so.
I am more than aware of the impact this decision will have on small business within the Goulburn region.
I understand that since the ruling, Wakefield Park has met with Council and the discussions were both amicable and future focussed.
As we all know the Courts decision is binding and it’s important that both Wakefield Park and Council worked together for the betterment of all concerned.
I have been provided correspondence from Council seeking to meet with various NSW Ministers. I will assist in facilitating appropriate meetings with the aim to explore the opportunities for the benefit of Goulburn.