Nimbin Caravan Park on market

EXPRESSIONS of interest for the sale or lease of Nimbin Caravan Park will be advertised in the New Year.

Lismore Council voted at last week’s meeting to investigate the sale or lease of the loss-making park as part of a wider move to find budget savings.

The original motion related only to the sale of the park, but after councillors were told the site’s zoning would allow residential and commercial development, they opted to also investigate the lease option.

Mayor Jenny Dowell yesterday said a report would be delivered to the council before a decision was made.

She said councillors had already found discretionary spending savings of $600,000 in next year’s budget.

“The caravan park also provides low-cost housing for residents. It’s not just for tourists and we don’t want to jeopardise that,” she said.

The park has 23 caravan sites, eight of which are occupied by long-term permanent residents, and a camping area.

Last year the council lost $17,200 on the park.

A previous report found the park had considerable potential, but would be too costly to realise.



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