Corindi carve-up



CORINDI Beach residents fear what may happen if their caravan park and reserves are left in the hands of the Department of Lands.

While the area around Corindi and Red Rock was moved into Coffs Harbour City last year ? a move recently confirmed by the NSW Boundaries Commission and Local Government Minister Tony Kelly ? the caravan park and reserves did not come with it.

Clarence Valley Council acted as an interim administrator but while it has now relinquished that role, the Department of Lands has not allowed Coffs Harbour City Council to take control.

At a recent community meeting, residents said they were worried Coffs Harbour would eventually be given the unprofitable reserves, while the caravan park would be put under the control of the highest bidder.

They are concerned such a move could see the park become a fenced-off, up-market destination, partially blocking their access to the beach.

Coffs Harbour councillors this week resolved to keep pushing the Department of Lands for full control of the Corindi assets, as well as any related grants money.

The mayor, Cr Keith Rhoades, said the council should receive the assets 'lock, stock and barrel' because it had a record of successfully managing its other caravan parks.

"Managing the reserve areas will cost council a great deal of money, which, without funds from the caravan park, will have to be met from the general fund," he said.



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