TWO landowners locked in a battle with Corowa Council over proposals to build closer than 20 metres away from the Lake Mulwala shoreline claimed victory yesterday.
The council voted 5-3 to allow the pair to construct homes 13.9 metres and 15.6 metres away from the lake’s edge at Mulwala, after opponents had wanted them built in line with existing homes.
Among complaints from objectors was their belief their side views would be affected.
Councillors yesterday held a site inspection of both properties along Corowa Road before holding a special meeting at the Mulwala Civic Centre to hand down a decision.
Property 71 landowner Peter Crawford has plans to build an upmarket executive holiday rental 13.9 metres from the lake foreshore and behind that a residence in which he will retire.
Mr Crawford became emotional in his presentation to the council.
“My dreams have turned into a nightmare,” he told councillors at the meeting.
“I sold another property on the foreshore six months ago to buy this.”
Owners of property 63A, who plan to remove an existing transportable home to build a single-storey house, had a solicitor speak to the council on their behalf.
Before voting, Cr Gail Law said she believed the council had made the right move to look at the properties before making a decision.
Cr Joan Palmer, Cr Law, mayor Fred Longmire, Cr Paul Miegel and Cr Fiona Schirmer voted in favour of both motions, but Cr Daryl Davey, Cr Norm Wales and Cr Mark Shields were against.
Cr Francesco Bruinsma was absent.
Mr Crawford said he was pleased the council had come to the right decision.
“I checked out the restrictions before I bought the property and it would have been a sad day if I wasn’t able to do what those restrictions showed me,” he said.