Caravan parks face tax hike
By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au
LOCAL caravan operators could be forced out of business if relief is not given to mounting land tax burdens.
Barney Beach with the Seabreeze Caravan park owner Kathy Corones said the threat was very real.
"With the recent house boom, land price around caravan parks have sky rocketed, which in turn has pushed up the amount of land tax caravan parks pay,'' Mrs Corones said.
She said caravan parks were designed to provide budget accommodation to the Queensland tourism industry and to permanent residents.
Mrs Corones said the only alternative to closing down was to pass the costs on to residents.
State Treasurer Terry Mackenroth, who is currently considering changes to land tax rates and thresholds ahead of the June budget, said he was unlikely to follow the lead of Victoria and South Australia, which have already removed land tax from caravan parks. "Caravan park owners, by their very nature, have a valuable piece of real estate in their business and it would be unfair to not charge them some land tax as compared to other businesses.