Caravan Park to undergo upgrade
UPGRADING of the Silver Sands Caravan Park at Evans Head has moved one step closer with a master plan and business development strategy being endorsed at a Richmond Valley Council Reserve Trust meeting.
After an extensive public exhibition and consultation with parkresidents, clients and the Reserve Trust, the master plan was end-orsed by the council and sent last week to the NSW Land and Property Management Authority (LPMA).
“Once the LPMA ‘stamp’ it then we make the announcement and work to upgrade the park willbegin,” Silver Sands Caravan Park co-ordinator Tim Gooley said.
Issues raised through the public consultation included relocation compensation, if any, for holiday van owners and the perception that the park was going to have a five-star rating, with the possible loss of its family atmosphere.
The LPMA responded to concerns by confirming the relocation of existing holiday van owners.
“The LPMA supports the relocation of any existing holiday van to within the designated holiday van precinct, subject to an existingholiday van site being available,” a LPMA spokesperson said.
“The LPMA confirms all relocations will be at the holiday van owner’s expense.”
Mr Gooley said permanent van residents were under a different agreement.
“There is no proposal to alter any existing residents,” he said. “With the permanent residents, they are under a Residential Tenancy Agreement and their rents only go up by the CPI and are charged at the average rent rate.”
The rating of the park would not be five star. Just 20 per cent of cab-ins would be rated at 4.5 stars, up from the current 3.5 star rating.