George and Colleen Emerson knew nothing of plans to turn their caravan park home of 15 years into a Bunnings Warehouse.
George and Colleen Emerson knew nothing of plans to turn their caravan park home of 15 years into a Bunnings Warehouse.

Residents ?in dark? on caravan park development

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

AFTER 15 and a half years calling the Clinton Van Park home, no one had the courtesy of telling George and Colleen Emerson that they could soon lose that home.

News yesterday that a development application had been submitted to build a Bunnings Warehouse on the Clinton Van Park land came as a surprise to the local couple.

'I think it's a bit rude actually,' was how an obviously concerned Mrs Emerson described the situation.

Now if the project gets approved by Gladstone City Council, Mr and Mrs Emerson will lose their little piece of paradise.

'At this stage we're just trying to sort things out and find out what's happening,' Mr Emerson said.

At 72 and 69 years of age, the couple consider themselves too old to 'just up and start again', and say there are a lot of residents in the same boat.

'There are a lot of pensioners here who don't have a lot of money, so I don't know what they'll do. There will be a lot of unhappy people, put it that way,' Mrs Emerson said.

Van park management was also kept in the dark in relation to plans for the caravan park, with no prior warning.

Instead owners of the land left it up to the development application signs erected at the site to inform them. Owners of the land would not comment yesterday.

A public notification period has now begun for the project, with residents of the van park planning to object strongly to the project.

The public notification period ends at the end of June and Gladstone City Council is expected to make a decision some time in July.



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