Mathew Wilson from the Calliope Caravan Park says reports of caravan site shortages are misplaced.
Mathew Wilson from the Calliope Caravan Park says reports of caravan site shortages are misplaced. James McGrath

Manager agrees costs too high, but new park not needed

IF there was a shortage of caravan accommodation in the region, somebody forgot to tell Calliope Caravan Park manager Mathew Wilson.

"There definitely was a shortage a couple of years ago, but it's definitely not like that now," Mr Wilson said.

He scoffed at suggestions from Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd that the region was missing out on opportunities because of a lack of caravan space.

"Why would you want to build more caravan parks? We're not full as it is," Mr Wilson said.

Where he did agree with Mr O'Dowd was that the cost of expansion or putting in a totally new site would be too expensive.

"I've heard that it would be $22,000 per site if I wanted to put in a new site," Mr Wilson said.

"You're looking at $22,000 and you're lucky if you get $5000 back per year. So you're looking at least four years before you get your money back. It's not really a great investment when you think about it.

"So you're right that expansion would be really hard if I were to try and make that work, but right now I wouldn't want to."

He said if it weren't for the fact that he was a qualified tradesman and could manage running repairs to the park himself, the park might be in trouble financially.



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