Good response to land availability

PRIVATE landowners in Byron Shire have responded favourably to the council’s call for interest in providing blocks for new caravan parks.

Sharyn French, Byron Shire’s manager of land planning and natural environment, said she had received ‘a number of inquiries’.

Several landowners had contacted her when the idea was originally floated in October last year, Ms French said.

“We are hoping that those people will still be interested,” she said.

Asked what benefits a landowner could expect from providing land for such an operation, Ms French said it was an opportunity for them to have the land rezoned.

There were a number of permissible zones, she said.

The landowners would need to weigh up if the caravan operation could be a viable concern or not, she said.

Some of the council land that had been proposed for caravan parks, low-cost housing or low-key camping in the 2008 report had been found to have some drawbacks, including susceptibility to flooding.

Councillors had also wanted to get ‘a bigger picture’ of what may be available for such a use.

Meanwhile, council is set to resolve the ongoing conundrum of the status of the caravan park in Suffolk.

Currently zoned Community Land, it has had the caravan business operating for many years.

Council proposes to split the zoning and have most of the land reclassed as operational, but the hall remain as community.

The Suffolk Park Progress Association says the move would allow a future council to sell the ‘operational’ segment – ‘some 1.3 hectares of prime beachfront real estate’ worth millions of dollars.

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