Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser fears Two Tails Wines at Nana Glen will close after their frustrating dealings with Coffs Harbour City Council.
Mr Fraser said owner Madonna Bannerman, who hopes to make improvements to her award-winning business, had asked for his help after unsuccessful outcomes at the council.
“Two Tails Wines wants to expand its dining areas and host weddings and receptions, product launches, food and wine expos, movie theatre evenings and entertainment, but they are encountering red tape at every turn and they’ve had a gutful,” Mr Fraser said.
“It’s reached a stage where the business may have to close – they have spent thousands in trying to gain DA approvals but feel they have wasted their money and their time.
“Mrs Bannerman says many outdoor dining options are available throughout the Coffs Coast, yet her business has to submit DA applications along with noise reports for council approval.
“Two Tails has an impressive list of awards, including the 2018 Sunnys Award for Local Producer. This award was sponsored by the council, so it should know the value of this business to our local economy. The winery is also in the running for a statewide award.
“This successful Orara Valley enterprise, which employs 20 locals, is an integral part of our community and should be allowed to operate and expand without being hamstrung by Coffs Harbour City Council in this way.”
Mr Fraser said he had written to Coffs Harbour City Council following the difficulties Mrs Bannerman had experienced.