Evicted from Kingscliff park
FIFTEEN years of memories were packed or thrown away as one Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park evictee said goodbye.
Brisbane man Allan Schmidt was one of the 11 long-term casual caravan site holders given notice to leave by Saturday.
The Tweed Coast Holiday Parks Reserve Trust in November announced 11 of the 70 long-term casual tenants would be evicted, with future plans to evict them all.
The vans will be replaced with tourist cabins.
Mr Schmidt said it was upsetting after 15 years at the park.
“It’s more sad for our kids. We’ve got two little grandsons who were just starting to enjoy it,” he said.
“That was the saddest thing. They won’t be able to enjoy the caravan park lifestyle that we did.”
Mr Schmidt said he had spent the past two weekends packing up his van site, and added it was unlikely he would holiday in the area again.
“We’re paying top rates for third-class facilities and there’s plenty of other beaches around,” he said.
He described the long-term van holders as family.
At one time four of his wife’s five siblings had vans at the park.
“You get to know every-one,” Mr Schmidt said.
“It takes you an hour to go to the shops by the time you talk to everyone.”
Mr Schmidt said he was unhappy with how the eviction had been handled.
“We realise they can throw us out. I just want to know it was done above board, fair and equitably.
“No-one knows how they chose the 11.”
Tweed Coast Holiday Parks Reserve Trust executive manager Richard Adams had previously said the sites were chosen for size, location and ease of access.
Trust chairman and Tweed Mayor Kevin Skinner said the redevelopment of the park, which is on Crown Land, was one reason for the evictions.
“We will reduce the size of the park by 50 per cent and provide a parkland setting for the public,” Cr Skinner said. “We believe it’s time that land was given back to the people for the use of every-one.”
The redevelopment would also generate more revenue, helping ratepayers.
Eleven of the 70 long-term casual tenants are being evicted, with future plans to evict them all.