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What business management model can put itself above its governing legislation and then applaud itself by promoting that it is ‘bringing the tourism dollar to local businesses?’

North Coast Accommodation Trust (NCAT) and North Coast Holiday Parks (NCHP) and local park managers have posited that they can.

An independent report on each park in 2012 clearly identified all of the clauses in the legislation that were and continue to be violated in the current management model operated by NCAT/NCHP.

Those violations included undersized sites, setback requirements not only for sites but also for infrastructure and land encroachments.

The reports were scathing and a damnation of NCAT/NCHP’s management model.

I’m confident that any private operator, acting in the same way would be in court! As a consequence, it is strongly suggested that NCAT/NCHP’s business model can hardly be promoted as a ‘good one for regional NSW’.

The ‘feel good’ position that profits are, in part, put back to crown reserves begs scrutiny.

Any casual observation of the collapsing and retreating foreshores both within and adjoining the caravan parks is physical evidence of a deliberate indifference of NCAT/NCHP to the loss of these public assets.

This has recently been aggravated at Ferry Reserve with the provocative barricading of the former road reserve at the Ferry caravan park forcing more and more vehicles onto the sliver of foreshore opposite the dwellings on Riverside Crescent.

It is also bizarre that Brunswick’s foreshore girdle of parklands, one of Brunswick’s unique physical assets and tourist attractions, are so blatantly neglected.    Why is NCAT/NCHP’s management conscientiously omitting to act to rehabilitate and maintain these public assets in full knowledge that they are tourist drawcards?

It’s obvious that NCAT/NCHP has money to spend otherwise it wouldn’t be employing a public relations company to promote its management model!

Those monies, together with part of the revenue from the caravan parks would be better spent, to the benefit of the local businesses, residents and tourists on these vital crown reserves in Brunswick Heads.

In the meantime, a more sinister perspective on  NCAT/NCHP’s promotion of its business model is its attempt to alienate community members who have voiced substantive and ongoing criticism of its management of the caravan parks and adjoining crown reserves along the foreshores of the Brunswick River.


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