Teen pleads for Fingal campers
FOR 16-year-old Meg Holland, growing up at Fingal Holiday Park was a privilege.
Meg has written a heartbreaking open letter to Tweed Holiday Park Trust in the hope of overturning its decision to evict permanent residents from the park.
"My family and I have owned a permanent caravan in Fingal Holiday Park for a major part of my life and it has contributed not only to who I am as a person, but how I live my life, and I'm sure many others would feel the same way," she wrote in a letter, presented to councillors on Thursday.
"Growing up as a kid with a permanent caravan is and always has been a privilege.
"I made friendships left, right and centre, spending every night playing spotlight and creating memories that I now hold close to my heart.
"The sanctuary that Fingal provided and still provides for my family is something that could never be re-paid and for that, we are so thankful."
Meg's letter was presented to council by her father, Steve Holland, who appealed to councillors at a Community Access meeting last Thursday to reconsider evicting long-term residents from the holiday park.
He said the evictions would cost council $31,200 in stable income a year.
But Cr Carolyn Byrne said the evictions meant Crown Land would be released for public rather than exclusive use.
The action by Fingal residents follows the creation of a petition at Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park where long-term residents are also facing eviction as the park is remodelled.
On Thursday, Tweed Shire Mayor Katie Milne used the Chairperson's Minute to call for Tweed Shire Council to talk with those evicted, and the wider Fingal community, about alternative arrangements.
She was supported 4:2.