Croc from grey
nomad a great attraction
planned for park
rescued from 'bowels of monster'
A TOWNSVILLE caravan
park in an area once ravaged by floods
has been given the go-ahead to carry out an
ambitious project to breathe new life into the
The Bush Oasis Caravan Park says it is overjoyed that the local council
has approved a development application from the family-owned and operated park
"This is great news for our region after being devastated in the floods
earlier this year," the park's Fiona Lidgett told Caravanning News.
"It will provide a new offering and further jobs."
The plan proposes to have 10 glamping tents with luxurious bathrooms, 13
powered sites and an event centre over an artificial
Ms Lidgett said there would be three core values and objectives with the
development ... waste, water and energy.
"We believe they are driven by the consumer demand and of environmental
experiences caring for nature," she said.
The park has its own recycling system for glass and plastic which is
supported through Envirobank and it is looking at ways to compost all
green waste within the park.
It will install a new waste treatment plant which will have no emissions
or noise and will treat water to A-class conditions.
Resident 'crocodile' at the Bush Oasis
"Another benefit of this new system will be
that it's flood resistant and underground and will ensure our continued
operation in future events," Ms Lidgett explained.
"Once treated, this potable water will be transferred to our constructed
With the park not being on town water, it is supplied by bore only.
All household, facility and site bore water is purified through a reverse
osmosis system prior to being sent to relevant areas for consumption or
A reverse osmosis
system removes the need for inline filters
because it removes 99.8 percent of particles.
"Water from our constructed wetland will be used to water gardens,
reducing the need to pump additional water and
essentially saving thousands of litres of water annually," Ms Lidgett
"After the Townsville floods earlier this year we looked for ways to
increase our resilience in the event of future power failures.
"In the next two weeks we will be resealing our reception and manager's
house roof, repainting with reflective paint prior to installing solar PV
and battery backup."
Ms Lidgett said the artificial wetland would
further provide a nature habitat to the local wildlife and an opportunity
for Edu tourism.
"With the Townsville region having 400-plus of the 800 bird species in
Australia, this will provide an extension for the wetlands in the region
that are suffering due to drought and seasonal rains by offering a year
round water source."
She thought this would be "great for bird watchers or Twitchers as they
like to be called".
"Studies have already commenced with Birdlife Townsville to provide a list
of before and after bird species within the park."
Ms Lidgett said the grey nomad community had been very supportive over the
years, with one even staying after the floods to give a helping hand.
"This shows the amazing contribution they bring to communities and
business and regional Australia," she said.
The travellers had even made a feature for the park ... a crocodile!
Made from chicken wire, expander foam and fibreglass, it had become a
great attraction in the park.
"It's also a reminder for us after the devastating floods that we had gone
into the bowels of the monster and will be triumphant," Ms Lidgett said.
"Whilst we don't have any live crocs in the creek, they can be viewed
across the road at Billabong Sanctuary."
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