Mary Valley people have petitioned Gympie Regional Council to reconsider its decision to close the Imbil caravan park, evicting residents like Michael Clarke, Russel Pope and Ray Fraser.
Mary Valley people have petitioned Gympie Regional Council to reconsider its decision to close the Imbil caravan park, evicting residents like Michael Clarke, Russel Pope and Ray Fraser. Renee Pilcher

Protest at park closure

GYMPIE Region residents have rallied behind the besieged residents of the Imbil Caravan Park, following a council decision to close the park.

Council this week received a petition, with 151 signatories, asking council to rethink its decision, “until consultation has taken place”.

The petition letter said council had made its decision to close the park, without consulting residents of the park or the town.

Council has decided to shut the van park down next year, after evicting all its current residents.

“I only came here to retire. I don’t want to go anywhere,” Ray Fraser told The Gympie Times when we delivered the bad news last month.

As he assembled fishing lures out of carved timber and cut-out fins, the resident of 15 years standing outlined his simple ambition – to take his lures “for a swim” at Borumba dam and to try them out.

Neighbour 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, they’re closing it down.”

“I think it’s bull,” said Russel Pope, a saw mill worker who had been basing himself at the park. “I work, but where are the pensioners going to go now?

“They can’t afford the other parks. They often don’t like permanents and they charge too much.”

The petition, formally received at this week’s general meeting of council, called for residents to protest the closure decision.

“Because of the decision of GRC to close the local caravan park in the middle of town, without consultation to either the park, or local residents, I would ask like-minded residents to ask the council to rethink their decision,” the petition’s covering letter says.

Gympie Times


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