Van park is 'dangerous': resident

TONY Clifford believes public health and safety are at risk at Brigalow Caravan Park and no-one is doing anything to help.

“I had no idea of the condition of the park when I bought a relocatable home here in May last year,” Mr Clifford said. “Since then I have become aware of the lack of fire alarms, no lighting around the park and electric wires hanging from circuit boards and outdoor lights.”

But what really rang alarm bells for Mr Clifford was the site of raw sewage flowing downhill towards the Kalang River just prior to its closure in May last year due to the detection of human norovirus.

“It had been raining and I was hitting golf balls across the paddock when I noticed this oily slime.

“It was heading to the pump-out ... At the time the pump-out light was on, indicating the filter needed cleaning.”

Mr Clifford said he had notified the council but little had happened.

The council's director of environment, Charlie Hannavy, said the council had inspected the site following the closure of the Kalang River.

“Environmental health officers checked and found no problem with the operation of the septic system,” Mr Hannavy said.

“There has still been no source of the contamination identified.

“There is no evidence linking the problem back to the park.”

He said the council had issued compliance notices to the owners of the park, Kevin and Diane Hill, for matters such as park lighting but they had not yet been adhered to.

When contacted owner Mrs Hill said she would not comment. “This is nobody else's business,” she said.

A development application for a three-stage 50-lot subdivision of the land is currently being processed by the council's planning department.



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