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March 7, 2021

Give caravan parks back to Council

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Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads

Is there a direct relationship between escalating prices being asked for sites and cabins and a lowering of income from the three caravan parks in Brunswick Heads? Why have I personally heard so many complaints about charges and in fact noted that familiar faces are disappearing from their cyclical patronage of the parks? Why am I hearing holidaymakers saying, as late as last weekend, that this will be their last time in Brunswick Heads because they simply cannot afford to stay in the caravan park?

Why are there more people illegally camping in the streets in Brunswick Heads while there are vacant sites? Is revenue down because of the management costs of North Coast Accommodation Trust/North Coast Holiday Parks (NCAT/NCHP)? If the model is so flawed, as indicated by declining revenue, why is NCAT/NCHP promoting it as ‘good for regional NSW’?

And of course there is the blatantly obvious! If Byron Shire Council’s management model earned more revenue than that operated by NCAT/NCHP, then isn’t it appropriate to return the management of the caravan parks back to Council as Reserve Trust?

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