ANGRY CAMPERS: Regular visitors to the camp grounds at Evans Head are angry at the rising costs and inadequate facilities. Photo Jacquelin Robson / Rivertown Times
ANGRY CAMPERS: Regular visitors to the camp grounds at Evans Head are angry at the rising costs and inadequate facilities. Photo Jacquelin Robson / Rivertown Times Samantha Elley

Not happy campers

RECENT changes in fees and rules at Evans Head Caravan Park have sparked outrage amongst loyal returning holiday makers.

The Dennis family of four, who have been returning to Evans Head for 20 years, said it has become harder each year to afford a site.

"This is a great family park and we enjoy coming here but it is becoming harder and harder for us to afford the increases in prices," mother Leonie said.

A family of three, who didn't want to be named, have been returning to the park for 26 years and wanted to know where the extra money was being spent, when they have been experiencing a holiday of 'out of order' facilities.

"We want to see where the money is going, because there is nothing getting done at the moment," one camper said.

"There is only one building of facilities for the whole lower sites and most of the time there is something out of order."

Area manager Colin Woodbry said the increase in price was essential for maintenance, self-sustainability and upgrading the park.

"The park hasn't had an increase for a substantial amount of time and although it is not visual, we have been fixing different areas, increasing security and maintaining OH&S regulations," he said.

Along with price increases, limits have been made compulsory for the maximum amount of people per site which has seen families forced to split up across the park.

A family of eight from Casino said they were victims of this new policy.

"Having a family with more than six people makes everything more difficult," said a family member who also did not want to be named.

"You have to pay for a second site and it's not guaranteed to be the one next door.

"It could be over in the other side."

Mr Woodbry said the rules were not new but were recently being enforced.

"These rules were a part of the initial agreement by council, we are not trying to irritate people, we are just enforcing rules that have been a part of the park for a long time," he said.

With a new upgrade to the park set to commence throughout the year, Mr Woodbry was encouraging campers to make suggestions through the 28 day public comment.

"The park has needed a major upgrade for some time and this will be presented to the public through a Plan of Management.

"It can be commented on by the public in a 28 day period that will be advertised," Mr Woodbry said.

The plan will then be reviewed by state government and local council before the park receives any developments on the upgrade.



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