Long-term campers at the Silver Sands Caravan Park in Evans Head fear they are being forced out by State Government plans to redevelop the area in favour of higher-paying holidaymakers.
Long-term campers at the Silver Sands Caravan Park in Evans Head fear they are being forced out by State Government plans to redevelop the area in favour of higher-paying holidaymakers.

Evans Head camping ground upgrade

EVANS HEAD campers and residents have voiced strong opposition to State Government plans to redevelop the popular Silver Sands Holiday Park.

At the heart of the issue is a proposal to upgrade facilities to cater for short-term family holidays at the expense of long-term campers.

Meetings last Saturday morning and on Monday night were designed to inform users about the planned upgrade of Silver Sands.

While they were billed as ‘come and listen’ meetings, there were some in the crowd who voiced their opinions of the Government’s plans loud and clear.

Tuntable Falls resident Peter Larsen and Brisbane residentGino Micalizzi said their ideal camping retreat was now threatened as a result of State action to upgrade the camping portion of the caravan park.

“For the past nine years a large group of us have been like one big family,” Mr Larsen said.

“Now under this plan it looks likely that we will be all split up.

“When we’re here at Evans Head we literally live in each other’s pockets, the kids grow up together. It is a special experience.”

Mr Larsen said the push to upgrade the park, and encourage a higher-paying tenant, might look good on the books, failed to take advantage of the type of client that had been coming to Evans Head for many years – the family.

“We camp for weeks at a time,” he said. “We don’t just come down here for a weekend.”

Evans Head resident Caroline Aleckson, who attended the Monday night meeting, des-cribed it as a ‘hot discussion’.

“It’s pretty sad,” she said. “I think the council is ‘selling’ our beautiful park at the river to the State without giving a fight.

“When all the holidaymakers are gone we might be left with a fenced-off park, with cabins at the waterfront. No picnics, barbecues, ball games and the such for our community.”

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