Park owner's plan refused

TWEED Shire Council has notched up another win in its continuing saga with the owner of the notorious Banora Point Caravan Park.

Justice Jagot of the Land and Environment Court on Monday rejected a bid by owner Warren Tschannen and Blackington Pty Ltd to operate an increased number of sites at the caravan park, demolish certain buildings and operate a storage area without first obtaining a development consent.

Justice Jagot upheld the council's position of refusing the application by Mr Tschannen.

The council has been concerned for some time that the caravan park owner and operator, under the guise of seeking to modify the licence to operate, was moving to expand the operation of the park.

Justice Jagot did not agree with Mr Tschannen's argument and refused to grant his application.

Council's solicitor Mark Delany of Stacks Northern Rivers said it was another successful step in council's strategy of keeping a watchful eye on the owner and operator while bringing some relief and protection to the park residents.

Meanwhile, a Supreme Court case aimed at appointing an administrator to the troubled caravan park will be heard over five days in August.

NSW Fair Trading Minister Diane Beamer yesterday expressed her disappointment that the case would not be heard for at least three months at the earliest, despite her call to have the matter brought forward.

Ms Beamer said that while the court on Friday granted the Office of Fair Trading's application for an expedited hearing date, the earliest the matter could be heard was Monday, August 7.

"I am pleased the court has agreed that the seriousness of the matter warrants the earliest possible hearing date - but I had hoped a date earlier than August would be available," she said.

Fair Trading has applied to the court to appoint an administrator to take over the running of the controversial park, a move made possible under new laws for residential parks.

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