Residents face eviction

RESIDENTS living at a local caravan park may be evicted due to health concerns.

The Bougainvillea Caravan Park may be closed by the Department of Resource Management (DERM) as early as August 15 for not complying with local sewage treatment regulations.

In an issue that has been ongoing for up to five years, the owners of the caravan park have failed to comply and answer repeated requests from council and DERM to comply with regulations.

The caravan park’s sewage treatment is running over capacity due to the owners putting in more sites than approved.

Currently the park has 24 caravans more than it should with a total of 50 caravans on site.

DERM is due to inspect the sewage treatment on August 15. If the owners haven’t complied by that date, there is a strong likelihood that all caravan residents will be evicted.

At a Gladstone Regional Council meeting yesterday, Councillor Matt Burnett requested that the council give the park owners another month to rectify the situation.

“I’m concerned about what happens to the residents if DERM closes the park down,” Cr Burnett said.

However, Gladstone Regional Council CEO Graeme Kanofski said the owners had been involved with the council for more than five years.

“We have repeatedly asked for information and the council and DERM have had enough,” he said.

The Observer tried repeatedly to get in contact with the park owners to no avail.



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