Uhlans make last-ditch bid for backing

THE Black Uhlans bikie gang has modified plans to convert its Townsend Street clubrooms in a bid to win support from Albury Council on Monday night.

The Black Uhlans headquarters in Townsend Street, South Albury.

The council’s planning and development committee two weeks ago rejected a staff recommendation to allow the property to be changed to a function centre for the club’s exclusive use.

In a bid to reverse the committee decision on a 5-3 vote, the Black Uhlans have wound back the function centre opening from seven days per week to only Thursday to Sunday.

Also, the club is prepared to submit separate development applications to stage larger events including its annual Poker Run which could see up to 150 people on site.

Capacity at other times will be 48 people.

There has been no change on the parking requirements, which presently stand at 32 being created.

Some councillors including mayor Kevin Mack have stated there needs to be more.

But the Black Uhlans have gained permission from an adjoining landowner to use their property for the additional parking needed for the two major events when up to 150 people will be present.

Cr Mack, planning committee chairwoman Alice Glachan, deputy mayor Amanda Cohn, Cr Graham Docksey and Cr Murray King opposed the plan.

Cr Henk van de Ven, Cr John Stuchbery and Cr David Thurley supported the proposal.

Cr Darren Cameron, who is not a member of planning and development committee, has indicated he will back the plan.

“Planning decisions have to be made on planning grounds regardless of who the applicant is,”Cr Cameron said.

“To favour or not favour a planning application on an individual councillor’s view of the applicant in question is something that is fraught with danger.”

In May last year, the NSW Police Taskforce Raptor raided the premises and identified that the building was being used for a commercial purpose without council consent.

NSW Police made a submission opposing the plan.

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