Oldest Burleigh tourist park all set for facelift

By CHRISTIAN STANGER

ONE of Burleigh's oldest caravan parks is receiving a facelift with council planning to revamp the park over the next four months.

Works at the now-closed Burleigh Heads Tourist Park, which started on Monday, will feature a new energy efficient amenities building, a new landscape design and a revamped colour scheme.

Division 12 councillor Greg Betts said a better look and better standard of accommodation at the park was something residents, staff and tourists alike were requesting and something council was happy to provide.

"This park goes back a long time and it's still very popular, even in the low season, so we needed to keep it up to speed," he said.

The new amenities block will incorporate modern and ecologically sustainable features and will include a laundry, gas and solar heating, showers and disabled toilets to provide residents and tourists with much improved service.

With large scale development in the works throughout Burleigh Heads, Cr Betts said the popular caravan park provides a much-

needed balance that would ensure its survival for years to come.

"It's good to have a balance in the area between different types of accommodation. It's good to keep that going but we still have to keep it in line with what else is available," he said.

"Caravans are a very different scale of accommodation to what else is available. Some people like to stay in high rises and others like caravans more so it's good to offer them that choice."

Community group Friends of Burleigh also welcomed the announcement of the upgraded facilities as it could only be a good thing for residents and the community.

Secretary Irene Wareing said it was good to see the tourist park receiving some attention as well as it has been overshadowed recently with so much development in the area.

"The park means a lot to a lot of families who come here for their holidays time and time again so it's a bonus for them as well," Ms Wareing said.

"A new amenities block is only a good thing for residents and if it's ecologically sound, even better," she said.



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