Caravan park ?in limbo



CORINDI BEACH residents fear losing a popular access to the ocean if the NSW Department fo Lands seeks to cash in on the village's caravan park. After months 'in limbo', the Corindi Beach Residents' Group has called on Lands Minister Tony Kelly to transfer management and the legal status of the caravan park and local reserves to Coffs Harbour City Council. The Lands Department took control of the caravan park and reserves, which had been previously administered by Pristine Waters Council, when Corindi became part of Coffs Harbour City earlier this year. Residents are also incensed several letters to Mr Kelly have received no reply. "We fear the State Government is looking to cash in ? as they've done elsewhere in the state on lucrative slices of coastal real estate," a residents group spokesperson said. "If the caravan park goes out to tender it will likely mean losing it to a greedy developer who will easily outbid anyone else. "If that happens, the profits won't go back into our community." The Department of Lands yesterday confirmed it was moving towards applying a 'market-based rent' for businesses on crown lands. A spokesperson for Coffs Harbour City Council said negotiations with the Department of Lands on control of reserves were ongoing and the council was hopeful of an outcome soon.



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