Plans for new events venue in Geelong rejected

The proposal for a new function and event centre in Geelong has been knocked back.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has rejected the plans for a new function venue at the working Harrison Farm in Bell Post Hill which is home to the historic Coolangatta homestead.

VCAT Member Tracey Bilston-McGillen said the approval of a function centre “is not supported by the policy framework of the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme and the use establishes a land use conflict that should be avoided”.

“I consider that the management required to ensure compliance with noise conditions is too onerous and indicates that there are concerns with the proposal and proposed location,” she said.

Owner Ewan Harrison’s initial proposal had sought a permit that would allow the venue to cater for up to 300 guests, but this was halved by the time the application was put before VCAT.

However, Bilston-McGillen has offered a window of hope.

“Perhaps a smaller, less intense and day time proposal may be considered acceptable, but this is not before me,” she said.