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Gypsy Jokers ready for fight

THE door has been left well and truly open for the Gypsy Jokers to get its new clubrooms in Wodonga.

Despite councillors, with the exception of former Mayor Lisa Mahood and an absent John Watson, rejecting the plan last night there is every chance that it will go to a Victorian appeals tribunal.

Council officers took six months to produce a 37-page report on the planned outlaw motorcycle clubhouse.

It found 10 reasons why the fortress-like building should be knocked back, perhaps believing there is safety in numbers when it comes to defending the decision at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Officers said among other things that the building lacked a “welcoming face to the public”, “represented a less than ideal outcome for the area”.

But despite the lengthy published works the reasoning left at least two councillors less than impressed.

They pointed to the holes in a report that will no doubt be re-examined by the Gypsy Jokers’ own legal team.

The fact that a lawyer was engaged to speak on their behalf with council and to the media suggests they were always expecting a protracted battle.

A battle that was always likely to go well beyond local decision-makers.



Council rejects bikie clubhouse plans

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A plan to relocate a motorcycle club to a West Wodonga industrial estate could now go to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The Wodonga council has rejected a planning application by North East Investments to build a motorcycle clubhouse for the Gypsy Jokers.

Mayor Mark Byatt says the application was rejected because it did not fit with council requirements.

He says it has nothing to do with what the building could be used for.

"It's a planning application and it needs to be weighed up on planning requirements and evaluated on that basis and that's what the councillors have done and that's what the officers have done and that's very appropriate as with any other planning process," he said.

He says the council followed the correct process in rejecting the planning application.

"When a planning application receives more than five objections it need to come up to councillors for determination and this application was in that space," he said.

"Councillors take into consideration the officers' reports as they determine their own decisions, the recommendations of the officers was supported."


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