A decision is expected to be made about a change of use for 12 eco-cabins in Noosa.
A decision is expected to be made about a change of use for 12 eco-cabins in Noosa. John McCutcheon

'Expert' testimony questioned during eco-cabin stoush

THE testimony of a witness has been called into question as Noosa Council battles to stop a dozen eco-cabins being used as residential homes at a popular holiday resort.

A hearing to determine the future of the 12 cabins at Beach Road Holiday Homes in Noosa North Shore has entered its fourth and final day in the Planning and Environment Court.

Peter Trowbridge and Craig Strudwick faced up against council more than two years after their development application to turn the cabins into detached housing was denied.

Liam Kennedy, a general manager at Stay Noosa - which oversees operations at a number of resorts including Beach Road Holiday Homes - spoke out against the change on the hearing's third day.

He told the court he feared 'ferals' may move into the properties down the track and expressed concern rifts would form between holiday visitors and permanent residents.

"People who are on holiday are probably entitled to make a bit more racket,” he said.

"There's been other incidents where guests will check in and a (live-in resident) will ring them and tell them to be quiet pretending to be manager,” he said.

In his summary, barrister Christopher Hughes, appearing on behalf of council, said he regarded Mr Kennedy's statements as expert testimony, but this was objected to by Mr Trowbridge and Mr Strudwick's barrister, Ben Job.

Mr Job further argued many of Mr Kennedy's stances such as tourists would spend less money if the changes were permitted were "a case of can, rather than will”.

Council originally refused the application on the basis the change of use was contrary to the Noosa North Shore Locality Code, would adversely impact viable tourism and increase infrastructure pressure in the area.

Judge Nicole Kefford will deliver her judgment at a later date.