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Vans are being evicted from the Silver Sands Caravan Park at Evans Head.
Vans are being evicted from the Silver Sands Caravan Park at Evans Head.

Decades of family caravan holidays at Evans Head will live on only as memories from October after long-term holiday van owners got notices of termination last week.

For many people from all across the region, the pilgrimage to Evans Head for a beach holiday has been part of growing up on the Northern Rivers.

Formerly known as Silver Sands caravan park, the NSW Crown Holiday Parks
Trust, which administers 36 holiday parks located on crown land throughout NSW,
took control of North Coast Holiday Park Evans Head from Richmond Valley
Council in 2011.

The trust announced by letter last week the privately owned holiday caravans at
Evans Head had to be removed.

The announcement rings similar to when NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust
management plans were approved in 2015, and 33 long-term holiday van owners
at Brunswick Heads Ferry Reserve, Massey Greene and Terrace Reserve Holiday
Parks were evicted.

Owners of vans at Silver Sands Caravan Park have known since 2014 of plans to
remove the holiday vans, but when they received a ‘notice of termination’ last
week, reality set in.

Vicki McMahon was one of many who expressed their disappointment on Facebook.

‘I think it is a real shame that my grand children won’t have the opportunity to
experience the wonderful holidays that my children had in our van at Silver Sands
over the last 33 years,’ she posted.

Dianne Jackson was another long-term user of the park who wasn’t impressed.

‘I have been holidaying at Evans since I was a small child and I am 69,’ she
posted on the Evans Head Notice Board Facebook page.

‘I just don’t get the thinking of this company, to get rid of money making vans
for what and a swimming pool. What rot the beach is a stone’s throw away and
I thought that is why you go to the beach to swim there.’

Mel J Smith received an email about the eviction as well as a letter.

‘Received our letter today and then a ‘friendly’ email suggesting a list of
removalists to use, how considerate of them,’ she posted.

Trust CEO Steve Edmonds said catering for larger vans and RVs and creating
a space for short-term tourists and group bookings would be achieved by
removing the existing holiday vans.

‘The Trust has an ongoing investment program for the holiday parks under its
control to ensure they remain sustainable, continue to meet the expectations of
visitors and make a contribution to local economies,’ he said.

‘Holiday van owners that are required to remove their vans from the park will have
the same opportunity to book a site that other visitors have.’

Construction on stage one of a $14.5 million redevelopment over
three years will begin in coming months.

The kiosk will be renovated and the public park upgraded as part of the
redevelopment.

Van owners have been given until September 28 to vacate their sites.


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