Aerial view of Brooms Head
Aerial view of Brooms Head Adam Hourigan

OPINION: Brooms Head's charm is at risk

IT'S not hard to see why Frank Barton's petition against the proposed changes to the Brooms Head Caravan Park has gained so many signatures in a matter of days.

For many people, the attraction of Brooms Head is its simplistic, rustic nature.

I suspect that some tourists could find a photo of their time at the Broom in their photo album taken 30 or 40 years ago, and not much would have changed, apart from some hairlines or waistlines.

The calling cry of many who have signed the petition is that they love Brooms Head because it's not Yamba. If the development does what these petitioners fear, and the caravan park does become commercialised, it risks alienating hundreds who travel from across NSW and interstate to visit the small town.

Is more cabins, designed to target upper-market tourists, worth losing a greater number of campers? The proposed plan includes fewer sites overall, with the big winners being those holiday makers who enjoy the premium quality of cabins.

But would they be worth more than the campers who spend weeks in the town, buying ice and food from the beach shack and general store, and visiting the Bowling Club?

There's no doubt that Brooms Head is in need of updated and improved amenities, but I'm not sure the entire development is in the town's best interests.

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