Chinderah van park rumours false

RUMOURS that another caravan park has been approved for Tweed's caravan capital - Chinderah - are just that, according to Tweed Shire Council.

Fears that another van park is about to developed in the area, which already has eight parks housing several thousand caravan and relocatable home residents, resurfaced this week, with one resident calling the Tweed Daily News to voice her alarm.

She said she had been told by a fellow resident who had lived in the area for 20 years that a development application had been approved.

Last September Chinderah residents protested after documents supposedly detailing a new caravan park and camping ground bordered by Phillip Street, Ocean Drive, Avoca Street and Wommin Bay Road were found lying on the ground near the site.

At the time, developer Seekchange, the company behind The Point resort for over-50's at Hastings Point confirmed the plans, although the Council said it had no record of any such proposal or a meeting to discuss it.

Danny Gillies, a director of Seekchange, then said his firm hoped to lodged a development application by the end of last year.

Yesterday Mr Gillies could not be contacted.

But a Council spokesperson said “last time this surfaced it was just rumour”.

“There have been no discussions with Seekchange or Danny Gillies re a caravan park at Chinderah. Council hasn't received or approved any application for a caravan park at Chinderah,” the spokesperson said.

The proposed caravan park became an election issue last September when council candidate Tania Murdock joined forces with Chin- derah District Residents' Association president and nearby homeowner Felicia Cecil, saying the land was flood-prone and a koala habitat.

About 50 people who attended a residents' association meeting at Cudgen Leagues Club on September 2 were unanimously against the proposal.

Objectors then pointed out that the land is flood-prone and would have to be raised, a move they feared would cause problems to existing houses.

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