Decision "not taken lightly"
Caravan park takeover deferred after Lions roar
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TASMANIA'S Latrobe Council has decided to defer a decision to scrap a
long-term management agreement with Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park.
The 128-site riverfront park near Devonport has been run by
the local Lions Club for about 30 years.
Angry members have now launched a protest campaign over the council's plan
to take control at the end of this financial year and are organising a
petition demanding a public forum.
Meanwhile, acting mayor Rick Rockliff said the council's decision "was not
taken lightly" and has given an assurance the caravan park would not be
"There have been many issues associated with park management, particularly
relating to the erection of illegal structures and the transfer of sites
to new owners where the structures were non-compliant," he claimed.
The council's decision had taken into account the ever-increasing
responsibilities relating to park management including the need for
long-term financial and asset management plans and legislative compliance
"The council sincerely acknowledges the significant contribution the Lions
Club of Port Sorell has made towards the operation of the park and the
outstanding work they do within the Port Sorell community," he said.
"The council is in the final stages of negotiating an agreement with the
Lions Club of Port Sorell which details their future involvement in the
park including reimbursement for working bees, conducting fundraising
activities within the park and remission of site fees for the six cabins
which the Lions Club owns, to name a few."
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