Gary Powell at his site in the Brooms Head Caravan Park.
Gary Powell at his site in the Brooms Head Caravan Park. Adam Hourigan Photography

Backlash over proposed $7.91M caravan park plans

AS SOON as Gary Powell saw Clarence Valley Council's $7.91M plans for their proposed changes to Brooms Head Caravan Park, he knew he didn't like what he saw.

His family van is on a permanent site in the park and has been there since 1978, but under the new plans falls into the area earmarked for short-term sites.

"If it had to be moved it'd fall apart, and if I can't move it the van will be classed as semi-permanent and I could only use it for six months of the year," he said.

"When I looked at (the plans) I thought they've done nothing for us for years and now instead of doing the basics they want to change the whole place and turn it completely upside-down. Everyone I've spoken to who have permanent residences are all up in arms."

Mr Powell said he would rather see the money spent on improving park facilities without altering the laid back atmosphere of the caravan park.

"For years we've had crap toilets and showers, even clotheslines are rusted out," he said.

"Now they want to inject $8M into the place. Why didn't they do this over the past 30 years?"

The Concept Design Report for the Brooms Head Caravan Park says the redesign of the park will have all long-term sites concentrated in one area at the back of the park.

"The eventual relocation of the long term sites can be performed as ownership of the current dwellings changes hands, thereby removing any angst current residents may have," the report says.

A Clarence Valley Council spokesperson said public comment on the proposals are encouraged via an online survery and written submissions to council.

The proposals for Brooms Head Caravan Park are available on the Clarence Valley Council's website, and will be on display at the park until January 31.



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