Help for park residents

TWEED Council will attempt to negotiate a better deal for residents forced to move out of a strife-torn Banora Point caravan park.

The council this week decided to negotiate directly with the park owner, Warren Tschannen, to clarify an offer he's made to permanent residents to help them re-locate to other parks.

"He has offered to contribute towards the costs but we need to get it locked down in dollars and cents," Cr John Murray told Wednesday night's meeting.

But Mr Tschannen said yesterday that he had been helping residents with their relocation costs since 1999 and would continue to do so.

"We have been either paying the full costs or making a partial contribution, depending on the circumstances," he said.

Mr Murray said the permanent residents remaining in the park were in dire straits and the council should be doing everything it could to help them.

Cr Murray said he felt intimidated during a visit to the park last week when in one night alone there was an attempted rape and two separate arson attacks.

His comments follow a report to the council which found only four vacant sites in other Tweed caravan parks which would be suitable for residents seeking to re-locate.

Cr Murray won council support to form a committee to further investigate other potential sites after saying he managed to find several more following a number of phone calls.

Long-time park resident Len Hogg said he welcomed the council's intervention and its attempt to clarify the offer to contribute towards the relocation costs.

He said only 27 permanent residents - most of them elderly - remained in the now-run-down park.

Mr Hogg said even if they found alternative sites in other parks they faced relocation expenses of between $10,000 and $20,000.

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