By Kate Taylor
A battle seems imminent at Kryal Castle over what might best be described as a Game of Thrones.
Toilets are at the heart of the royal problem, holding back a permit application to build 20-permanent glamping sites within the castle grounds.
The key players in the epic battle are the applicants – Kryal Castle’s recently installed owners, as well as the local water authority Central Highlands Water, along with Moorabool Shire Council.
Both CHW and MSC have concerns that the waste water management system is not good enough.
“The current septic system is not adequately servicing Kryal Castle’s current use. The addition of camping and caravan park to the site cannot be supported unless the existing septic system is substantially upgraded, and/or the site is connected to a reticulated sewerage system,” read part of a report included in the agenda for the May 1 council meeting.
The report was not heard, however, as the application was withdrawn before the meeting.
The report did note that the new owners of the castle intend to increase its annual visitor numbers from 80,000 to 150,000 in the medium term, while the permit application itself included promotional material.
“Kryal Castle has, over recent years, been granted permits to have grass-area camping for up to 200 guests at no more than six events per year – with a stipulated condition that port-a-loos must be provided.
As with the show, there is a wait until the next instalment – the matter is due before council again in June.