Cafe for Thornton and cabin accomodation at Flowerdale approved by Murrindindi Shire

At its Ordinary Meeting on 9 September, Murrindindi Shire Council considered three planning proposals, submissions to the proposals and officer recommendations. 

Leigh Dunscombe at the 2018 Kinglake Community Centre's ANZAC Day Morning Service, presented by Lions Kinglake. PHOTO: Ashley Geelan.

The three applications under consideration include a cafe at Thornton, a group accommodation facility at Flowerdale and a cemetery at Kinglake Central.

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of issuing a Notice of Decision to grant a permit for use of land (the old Thornton Primary School building) for a café at 3 Back Eildon Road, Thornton.

The café will have seating capacity for 36 patrons and include both sit-down and takeaway food, serving breakfast and lunch, as well as morning and afternoon teas and hot drinks for patrons.

Council’s Land Use Portfolio Councillor, Margaret Rae, said three submissions from neighbouring properties were considered, including objections about the noise, traffic and environmental impacts.

“Councillors decided the issues raised by objectors could be managed through permit conditions, such as setting regular opening times for the café and conditions on excessive noise.


“This application is supported by local and state planning policies and the café will be a fantastic addition to the local community and to visitors to the Thornton area,” Cr Rae said.

Murrindindi also issued a Notice of Decision to grant a permit for the use and development of land for group accommodation at 86 Moores Road, Flowerdale.

“This application sought approval for the use and development of the land for the purpose of group accommodation, comprising six cabins and a communal building for guests.

“After careful consideration, including consideration of all written submissions and hearing from seven objectors in relation to environmental, aesthetic and traffic impacts, council resolved that the application should be supported subject to a detailed range of permit conditions.

“These conditions included an amendment to Condition 8 to state that cabins must not be used as a permanent place of residence and must comply with the timeframes applicable to holiday and short-stay accommodation,” Cr Rae concluded.