Council pursues owner of park

RESIDENTS in a local caravan park may be evicted because the park owner has not complied with certain departmental requests in time.

A Gladstone Regional Council spokesman said the Bougainvillea Caravan Park on Brendonna Road, Burua Street, now had 50 caravans on site, but that was 24 more than allowable. The council had repeatedly asked caravan park owner Barry Woodall to lodge a new development application for the extra sites.

Council director of statutory planning Andrew Kearns said Mr Woodall had responded to council’s information request within the council’s information request period, (before August 15).

“But the owner did not respond to the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) information request prior to the end of their information request period and as a consequence the application has lapsed,” Mr Kearns said.

With extra caravans on site the council had asked DERM to inspect sewage treatment facilities because it believed the park’s sewage treatment was running over capacity.

Mr Kearns said council required a new development application to be lodged and processed in order to regularise the current use, in addition to any further planned expansion of the caravan park.

“Given the previous history of the matter, urgent attention to this matter is required by the property owner to avoid action being taken in respect of the unapproved caravan park sites that exist on site.”

The Observer tried to contact Mr Woodall but he was unavailable for comment.



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