Mooloolaba's doomed caravan park
Opponents' plea to government
Last-ditch petition to
save doomed park
By Dennis Amor
A LAST-DITCH petition to Queensland Government to save Mooloolaba's
iconic beachfront caravan park on the Sunshine Coast has attracted more
than 1600 signatures.
The popular 34-site Mooloolaba Esplanade Beach Holiday Park with
million-dollar views over the Pacific Ocean is destined to be bulldozed to
make way for parkland and a public walkway.
But opponents claim the short-term plan is to transform the site into a
carpark because of Sunshine Coast Regional Council financial constraints.
They are also concerned the nearby Coolum Beach and Parkyn Parade caravan
parks will also be closed.
Queensland Heritage Council decided not to add the doomed half-century-old
caravan park to the Heritage List which would have protected it.
But opponents claim the Queensland government recently confirmed it was
still considering future use of the land in question.
"There's still a chance we can preserve this small piece of Mooloolaba’s
heritage," a spokesperson said.
The battlers have launched a formal Queensland Parliament
which closes on May 19.
It reads: "Queensland citizens draw to the attention of the House that the
Queensland government is allowing the Sunshine Coast Regional Council to
close down the Mooloolaba Esplanade Beach Holiday Park in July 2017 and
turn it into a carpark in direct breach of the Queensland government's
Caravan Park Policy.
"This states that any caravan park on state-owned land will be prevented
from closure and that the policy will be applied to all caravan parks.
"Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to apply the Caravan
Park Policy to prevent closure of the Mooloolaba Esplanade Beach
Holiday Park immediately.
"We also request the Queensland government should confirm its intention to
abide by the Caravan Park Policy to prevent the closure of other
beachfront caravan parks which are presently at risk of closure."
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