Walnuts? What were they thinking?
Its a bit complicated.
The club sought a 36 hole development originally. Council said it did not conform to the planning scheme and they either refused the application or gave an indicaton that it would be refused.
Rather than fight on, they changed their development to make it comply.with the planning scheme. By adding an agricultural activity (walnut farm) it now complied with the planning scheme and this made the application much more difficult to refuse. As it turned out Council still refused the revised application but the club prevailed on appeal to VCAT.
I am sure a lot things could have been done differently but its all a bit late now, a sale and leaseback aint going to buy them a lot of time in the scheme of things a 27 hole facility with 600 odd members doesn't have much of future without serious other income streams.
It would be better for their members for the club to sell up and close, get members to a club of their choice and distribute the net proceeds amongst the clubs that take the members..
Edited by Hawkers2013, 09 April 2015 - 07:36 PM.