Van park residents move digs

By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

MARK Rochford knew the day would come, but was still sad about leaving his home of five years to make way for development.

The former Clinton Van Park resident and spokesperson for the residents during their battle with developers over the site yesterday said he had to be realistic about the outcome.

"I wasn't happy with the situation but, in the long run, it was inevitable,'' Mr Rochford said.

He said he found the move to be stressful and hard work, but was very grateful for the help he received.

"The council and Paul McDermott of Parmac have been very helpful with the relocation,'' Mr Rochford said.

He was also full of praise for the management of Bouganvilla Caravan Park for helping 15 caravan owners relocate to the park from Clinton.

George and Colleen Emerson who were residents for 15 years at Clinton are also starting to find their niche in life again.

"We had to come all the way out to the Bouganvilla Caravan Park because other sites were too small in Gladstone,'' Mr Emerson said.



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