Seabreeze caravan park residents get to stay

RESIDENTS at South Ballina's Seabreeze Caravan Park will not be forced out at the end of the week as they feared.

There has been a long-running dispute between the park's owner, Glen Wright, and Ballina Shire Council over the park's On Site Sewerage Management System.

Mr Wright had informed residents he intended to close the park down on Friday rather than risk fines or borrow the money needed to upgrade the system.

Acting on behalf of about 20 residents, Scott Maddox contacted the Affiliated Residential Park Residents Association.

State president Gary Martin flew up from Sydney and had separate meetings with the residents, the council and Mr Wright.

Mr Martin made it clear that consumer protection laws prohibited park residents being evicted at such short notice.

Mr Maddox was jubilant, calling it a "win for people power".

"We're not going anywhere ... Glen has to give us at least 60 days notice and needs to have a good reason, otherwise Fair Trading can appoint a manager to take over the running of the park," he said.

The council said it would "respond promptly" to Mr Wright's response to their Show Cause notice and would consider any proposal put to them in relation to the sewerage issues.

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