Van park residents to go

DETERMINED DECISION: Ballina Seabreeze Holiday Park owner Glen Wright is horrified at Ballina Council’s decision to close the holiday park.
DETERMINED DECISION: Ballina Seabreeze Holiday Park owner Glen Wright is horrified at Ballina Council’s decision to close the holiday park. Marc Stapelberg

A LONG running dispute between Ballina Council and the Seabreeze Holiday Park could see about 20 residents evicted next Friday.

Seabreeze owner Glen Wright received a show cause notice from council on Monday, July 21 in relation to non-compliance issues with his On Site Sewerage Management System (OSSMS).

The notice gives him until Friday, August 1 to respond, otherwise he faces fines of up to $1 million or $120,000 a day if he continues to operate the caravan park.

Mr Wright said the upgrade to the OSSMS would cost him in the vicinity of $400,000 and he said there are other requirements needed to meet new standards for a caravan park operating licence that would cost him around $700,000 in total.

These upgrades include the need to upgrade his bore water facilities to Australian drinking water standards for showers and toilets and to have sewerage lines to permanent van sites.

Mr Wright said he is "not prepared to go into major debt and risk (his) family's future" so he is planning to close the park down.

Caught in the middle of this dispute are about 20 residents who only found out on Thursday that they might have to be out in eight days.

"Unless the Show Cause notice is revoked in writing prior to August 1, the business will close. That means the power and water will be turned off and a gate will be erected across the entrance....I don't want to do that, it makes me sad... but council has put a gun to my head," Mr Wright said.

Most of the residents in the park are single men. A few of them have been there for 10-15 years and the eldest is 87-years-old with a heart condition.

Scott Maddox has been living at Seabreeze for about five months and is spearheading the residents' campaign to see if there's any way they can stay, or at least to get an extension to the deadline.

"This is our home, we love it here... Some guys just don't have anywhere to go," he said.

Mr Maddox has been in contact with an organisation that represents park residents in NSW, the Affiliated Residential Park Residents Association (ARPRA).

A representative, Garry Martin, is flying up from Sydney next week to facilitate a meeting between the residents, the owner and the council to see if a compromise can be reached.

Ballina Council's manager of development and environmental health said they are currently considering Mr Wright's response to their notice

Topics:  ballina shire council

Inner-regional Australians most likely to develop cancer

Figures attributed to an ingrained culture of risky behaviour

How you could earn up to $300 when Uber launches today

But taxi industry downplays impact of ride sharing service

New G'bah afforable housing units revealed

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: North Coast Community Housing's opening of Rainforest Creek was attended by NCCH Chairman John Stone and NCCH general manager Fiona McConnell.

New units will offer tenants the option to buy

Local Partners

Thriller film shot in Ballina, screening in Casino

Burning to see locally made film Burns Point? Screening at Casino RSM Club.

Ballina Prawn Festival will not be free this year

Ballina Prawn Festival 2013. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star

This year's festival will be a ticketed event

The Living End are coming to Byron Bay

The Living End

The Living End are going on the road in 2017 for a regional tour

November will be a big month for NORPA

ARTS: NORPA has added new shows to the Dreamland season from November 23 to December 10.

Peter Garrett, Dreamland and the 2017 Season Launch, among others

Paul Capsis set to bring the music to Tropical Fruits

HIT: Paul Capsis accepts his award for Best Performance in an Australian Contemporary Concert at the 6th Annual Helpmann Awards in Sydney, Monday, July, 31, 2006.

With a show called Addicted to the Nightlife

Blake Lively hosts 40th party for Ryan Reynolds

Blake Lively throws husband Ryan Reynold's 40th birthday bash

What's on the big screen this week

Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the movie Doctor Strange.

MARVEL'S latest superhero Doctor Strange makes his debut.

Trump 'worked like hell' to pick up John Travolta's wife

John Travolta and Kelly Preston

Trump wrote comments in tribute to Travolta's son Jett

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E11 - top three battle it out

The Bachelorette finalists, from left, Matty Johnson, Lee Elliott and Jake Ellis.

It's Matty, Lee or Jake. Who will Georgia choose?

Jake left broken-hearted by Bachelorette break-up

Jake Ellis is one of the final three bachelors on The Bachelorette.

GEORGIA chooses Lee and Matty J as her final two suitors.

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals