GLADSTONE Regional Council's compliance officers are cracking down on caravans being used as a permanent place of residence in neighbourhood backyards.
During the height of the recent construction phase, the council was more lenient on the use of caravans in backyards for temporary housing, as long as the caravan was not connected to council's sewer and water systems and was not causing any environmental harm through the discharge of grey water.
Now the demand for housing has eased, council is asking residents living in backyard caravans to consider and possibly make alternate arrangements, in accordance with the region's planning scheme requirements.
Residents are encouraged to contact council on 4970 0700 if they have any concerns about their current arrangement.
Vote in our poll and comment below about what you think of caravans being parked in neighbourhood backyards. Let us know if you have seen a lot of this occurring or if it has stopped since more housing has become available.
Do you think caravans parked in neighbourhood backyards is a current issue?
This poll ended on 28 June 2014.
Yes, the law is the law. - 15%
No, it's private property. People should be allowed to do what they want. - 54%
Maybe, they should crack down if it is becoming an eyesore or are causing other issues. - 16%
Maybe, but there are other priorities council should be looking at. - 14%
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.