Group supports eviction
DESPITE vocal opposition to Tweed Shire Council’s decision to evict long-term visitors from Kingscliff’s beachfront caravan park, many residents have quietly supported the move.
Longtime Kingscliff resident, Councillor Dot Holdom, has revealed the Kingscliff Ratepayers’ and Progress Association backed the council decision to overhaul the park.
The council has begun evicting long-term casual caravan site holders at Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park – who say they collectively pay in excess of $400,000 a year in rental fees – to make way for short-term tourist cabins.
Over Christmas the long-term holidaymakers held protest rallies to reverse the decision but unknown to most, the local ratepayers’ association wrote to councillors on Christmas Eve saying it “strongly supports the continued removal of the permanent caravans” and looks forward to “community facilities”.
In late November ,Tweed Shire councillors, acting in their role as trustees, decided to axe long-term casual holiday spots at the park, asking 11 of the 70 long-term casual tenants to leave by early February.
At the time, executive manager of the trust Richard Adams said once vacated the 11 sites would be made available to general tourists.
Cr Holdom said: “The Kingscliff Ratepayers’ Association does support the proposal for the revamp/consolidation of the caravan park and extra open space that the revamp would provide on the beachfront.”