Lifeline offered to park tenants



TWEED Shire Council has smoothed the way for the owner of a South Tweed Heads caravan park to use three of four new approved sites to accommodate caravan homes of people wanting to escape a crime-plagued Banora Point van park.

Councillors this week unanimously approved the payment in quarterly instalments of developer contributions by the River Retreat Caravan Park in Philp Parade for the long-term sites.

Cr John Murray said the move was not about reducing fees for the park owner but allowing him two years to pay them off and thereby helping out three people "doing it tough" at the Tweed Waters Caravan Park, Banora Point.

The three elderly residents have been fighting to be allowed to move their unregistrable mobile dwellings (UMDs) to other parks in the shire but have been frustrated by Council rules prohibiting UMDs in flood-prone areas.

The park owner, Cr Murray said, had been bending over backwards to try and help the three people and Council should help him out by allowing him to pay the fees off.

Cr Murray said the three people had nowhere else to go and were desperate to get out of the Banora Point park.

"These people are in dire straights there's been assaults and stabbings there ... lucky there hasn't been a death it's that bad," he said.



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