Gates open to new housing

By TOBY WALKER

THE term 'gated community' is often used to describe the exclusive enclaves favoured by wealthy homeowners and their mini-mansions.

But with 5000 people expected to move to the Clarence Valley in the coming decade, a small, private community in Grafton is quietly growing to accommodate new residents in search of more modest surrounds.

For the past 13 years The Gateway Village tourist park has provided temporary accommodation for visitors to the Jacaranda City, but many would be unaware that the park is also home to a thriving community of permanent homeowners.

And that community is set to grow with plans to build a further 35, mostly threebedroom, homes at the Summerland Way site.

Park owner Chris Kratz said the homes, which are on blocks smaller than the average town block, were sought by mainly local retired people who sold the family home to move into something a bit more manageable.

Mrs Kratz said the homes, which ranged from between $140,000 to $180,000, existed on what was essentially a purpose-built estate complete with roads, power, sewerage and all the amenities you would expect of a standard suburban subdivision.

The village even recently opened a new $250,000 community hall complete with internet and kitchen facilities.

"I think a lot of people in Grafton have never been into the park and they don't know what we've got here," she said.

"I think it's something Grafton should be proud of."



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