Owner ignores authorities
RESIDENTS in a Gladstone caravan park who may be evicted due to health concerns say they live in paradise.
Last week The Observer reported the Bouganvillia Caravan Park may be closed by the Department of Resource Management (DERM) by this Sunday for not complying with local sewage treatment laws.
DERM believes the caravan park’s sewage treatment is running over capacity due to the owner putting in more sites than approved.
Currently, the park has 24 caravans more than it should with 50 caravans on site.
Residents of the park told The Observer yesterday there have been no issues with the toilets and the park is not overcrowded.
“It’s a beautiful spot,” said a resident who requested to remain anonymous.
“Most of the residents have their own toilets and plumbing, so it has never been a problem that I have noticed.
“The majority of the residents are retired and concerned if they are going to have to leave.”
The Gladstone Regional Council claims the owner of the caravan park failed to comply or respond to repeated requests from the council and DERM.
Park owner Barry Woodall asked for an extension of information request period with the council, however the council refused.
Gladstone Regional Council CEO Graeme Kanofski said the owner had been wrangling with the council for more than five years.
“We have repeatedly asked for information and they have failed to respond. The council and DERM have had enough,” he said.
The Observer contacted Mr Woodall who refused to comment except to say none of the tenants were going anywhere.
“It will be sorted out,” he said.