Cabarita Caravan Park to be replaced with unit complex
CABARITA Caravan Park will be turned into a unit complex known as Rose Maree, as long-time site owner Ken Hansen starts his new venture.
The units will be two- and three-bed and affordably priced, according to Mr Hansen, who is a licensed builder and will run the project.
"The last five years have been spent designing, planning and getting approvals through council," Mr Hansen said.
The family also developed and opened Cabarita Gardens Lake Resort, a 50-unit motor inn, restaurant and function centre in 1964.
"We sold Cabarita Gardens Lake Resort in 2005 to allow time for Rose Maree to be planned; it is still a family operation."
The new development will begin early next year.
Mr Hansen said it has met with no public opposition, and the design was in keeping with the style of the area.
He and his family rolled down the one-lane dirt track into Cabarita more than 50 years ago in 1962, and became one of the pioneers of the area.
There was a general store and four other families living in town, the pub was about to open, and they liked the look of a couple of blocks of land for sale
The family were on a round- Australia trip of a lifetime when they purchased the land, and went on to their final destination of Cape Tribulation.
"It was the final discovery trip," Mr Hansen said.
"We had been travelling for two years all over the country, and this was our final leg to Cape Tribulation and back to Rosebud."
The family returned home to Rosebud, Victoria, to sell the family house, and the rest is history.
Long-time Cabarita Caravan Park manager Brenda Neger is looking to sell her easily movable unit that is currently on site, and reflected on the last 20 years managing the park.
"I have loved my time here; I will head back to the UK to family, but I will not rule out coming back. It is a wonderful area, and I would like to thank Ken for everything," Miss Neger said