Time to Roam Magazine Issue 9 - June/July 2014 - Page 10

| upfront news PARKS NEWS Sale time for Tweed parks Three Tweed region caravan parks have recently sold for a total of $12.5 million. Tweed Heads Heritage Caravan Park at Chinderah went for $6 million to a Sydney investor, while the adjoining Chinderah Lakes Caravan Park sold for $4 million to the same buyer. The Royal Pacific Tourist Retreat and Caravan Park in Chinderah was sold for $2.5 million. Bridgewater reopens Victoria’s Bridgewater Caravan Park has re-opened after it was damaged by floods three years ago. Loddon Shire Council spent nearly $2m redeveloping the park, situated on the Calder Highway north west of Bendigo Council manager John McLinden said the park would bring a welcome economic boost to the towns of Bridgewater and Inglewood. SA park battle ends One of Australia’s most contentious caravan park redevelopments will now go ahead after a Supreme Court judge ruled permanent residents would have to go to make way for improvements. A group of about 40 long-term tenants of the council-owned Brighton Caravan Park in the southern Adelaide suburb of Kingston Park 10 timetoroam.com.au had been fighting for months to stay put. They won support from diverse quarters including the local Mayor, Senator Nick Xenophon and “The Castle” actor Michael Caton. The court supported the evictions, allowing the park to be redeveloped to cater for more tourists. The local mayor, who sided with residents, now faces a backlash and possible action from his fellow councilors. Great Ocean Road Tourist Park voted favourite Victoria’s Great Ocean Road Tourist Park has been voted the most popular in Australia by users of a prominent online booking site. The park at Peterborough, 250km southwest of Melbourne, topped a national survey of more than 3000 people by holiday parks website Turu.com.au. In NSW, the most popular park was BIG4 Easts Beach at Kiama, while in Queensland, the Amity Point Park at North Stradbroke topped the list. Other winners were BIG4 Peppermint Park in the Margaret River Region in WA, Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park in SA, Ayers Rock Campground in NT and Tasmania’s Port Arthur Holiday Park. The BIG4 Forster-Tuncurry Great Lakes Holiday Park in NSW was voted Australia’s most popular pet-friendly park. Discussion on Evans Head plans A local council is calling a public meeting to discuss plans to upgrade one of NSW’s biggest holiday parks, the Silver Sands at Evans Head. North Coast Holiday parks has issued a draft management plan that would result in big improvements to the beach-front property, but see more than 100 on-site vans removed. The park is popular with residents of northern NSW towns including Lismore and Casino, with generations of families coming back year after year. Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett fears the planned improvements could make the park unaffordable for locals. Cookin’ for a cause at Kununurra The Kimberley region sits at the top of most grey nomad’s travel list and it’s the time of year many head north. Doing one better than the traditional Happy Hour, the popular Discovery Holiday Park at Lake Kununurra has launched what it calls a “What’s Cookin” session for three nights a week. Managers Mark and Kathy Powell. say Saturday is a sausage sizzle, on Monday guests are treated to locally caught Barramundi burgers, and Wednesday is camp stew night. “We’ve created a welcoming environment where guests trade stories of their travels and already this season we’ve raised closed to $10,000 for Care Flight.” Lake Kununurra talent picnic