Development application lodged with council
heading for new lease of life
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THE once popular Turtle Sands Tourist Park
adjoining the world-famous Mon Repos turtle rookery in Queensland could be
destined for a new lease of life.
Owners David and Jenny Baker plan to turn it into a 127-site park with an
accommodation mix to meet the current tourism market and have lodged a
development application with Bundaberg Regional Council.
They pulled down the shutters at the million dollar-view beachside eco
park in 2010 saying they wanted to help protect threatened survivors from
the dinosaur age.
They switched off its powered sites and have since welcomed only
group-style bookings, such as families and friends, school groups and
The Bakers told Caravanning News at the time they were concerned
bright lights from caravans and tents were discouraging some endangered
turtles from nesting on the beach just metres away.
Turtle researcher at Mon Repos
Mr Baker said the decision to close the park
to caravanners and campers was taken in the interest of the turtles and
hatchlings and to help their survival.
He dismissed claims he was intending to redevelop the site, saying his
family was very conscious of the park's environmental importance.
"That is why we bought it all those years ago," he explained.
"Our children were reared on this site and we are very protective of it.
We do not want to contribute to anything that would damage this fragile
The park currently has 106 sites, including six cabins, 65 serviced sites
and 35 non-serviced sites.
"On-site facilities will be upgraded to meet market demands and there will
continue to be a combined manager's residence/kiosk/office," the
development application said.
It is proposed to include a pool, camp
kitchen, new amenities building and a pool lounge shelter.
Thousands of eggs are laid in dunes in front of the
park and Mon Repos every
season, with only one turtle in a thousand reaching maturity.
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