You're gone: Imbil caravan park residents Michael Clarke, Russel Pope and Ray Fraser will be thrown out next year by the Gympie Regional Council.
You're gone: Imbil caravan park residents Michael Clarke, Russel Pope and Ray Fraser will be thrown out next year by the Gympie Regional Council. Renee Pilcher

Park residents to be kicked out

“I ONLY came here to retire. I don’t want to go anywhere,” Ray Fraser said as he sat in the sunshine this week, making fishing lures for trial runs at Borumba Dam.

Ray and his neighbours look like having to find somewhere else to live after a council committee recommendation this week to close the Imbil Caravan Park, where he and his neighbours live.

“I’ve got to take the lures up to the dam and given them a swim,” he said, essentially outlining the idyllic ambitions of a man who moved to the banks of Yabba Creek to retire 15 years ago.

“I couldn’t care less,” said one of his neighbours, when told of the likely move-out deadline of June 30 next year.

“I might be dead by then,” he said.

“I only came here to retire. I don’t want to go anywhere,” Ray Fraser said, after having made his retirement decision following a career in forestry.

Michael Clarke said he had maintained his site, at the Mary Valley town’s picturesque creek-side van park, for five years.

“I only used to come up on weekends but now that I’ve retired and moved here permanently, about 12 months ago, they’re closing it down.

“If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen.

“With all the money the Mayor and councillors get paid, a couple of pensioners complaining isn’t going to stop them.”

“I just think it’s bull,” said Russel Pope, a sawmill worker who bases himself at the park.

“I work but where are the pensioners going to go now? They can’t afford to go to the other parks. They often don’t like permanents and they charge too much. I’ve been here two or three years. It’s nice and convenient to work. Otherwise I’d have to move back to Gympie. That’s half an hour’s travel and the price of petrol but I guess it’s better to know now, so we can prepare,” he said.

“A three-bedroom home here costs at least $290,000 but we don’t want one, that’s why we’re in caravans,” Michael said.

Gympie Times


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