Does the council really want Kenilworth Camping closed? With costs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars by the time trading approval becomes a fully approved development for a simple campground, is there any wonder people put council applications on a back burner to simple survival.
The drama that is unfolding at Kenilworth is a true indication of David versus goliath and divided the community with who is right and or wrong.
With business owners saying “The amount of regulation is crazy you definitely need a professional to help with council and Main Roads.”
You will need to commission environmental, traffic and rail impact studies in its quest to have just 20 approved sites. That is with only 200 capped guests to stay in line with the site’s sewage management capabilities.
The council’s infrastructure charge for cabins is $3780 per cabin and for tented camps is $2520 per site.
Caravan parks attract council infrastructure charges of $2520 per site.
So with that being said, should the council relax the fee’s on sole traders or keep the playing field fair and charge everyone the same? The amount of money these campgrounds bring to the region surely outweighs a loss in the reduction of fees and council should be encouraging small business to stay and also encourage to move to these smaller towns.
With the ongoing drama and risk of huge fines people have asked the question,does the council really have it’s own community at heart or is there other reasons.
Everyone is seeming to have an opinion, even Pauline Hanson has has slammed the Sunshine Coast Council’s threat to fine a farmer allowing camping on his property.
With a recent reply from the mayor in the sunshine daily
THE MAYOR has hit back at media coverage of Sunshine Coast Council’s controversial Kenilworth Camping dispute.
The statement, published to Sunshine Coast Council’s Facebook page took aim at the media, the Paulger family and outlined the issues surrounding the campsite.
Cr Jamieson credited Sunshine Coast Council as a supportive body for farmers looking to expand their businesses.
“In recent weeks, there has been a fair bit of coverage of the use of the property at 18 Paulger Road Kenilworth as a commercial campground,” Cr Jamieson said in the statement..
“What is often the case with these matters is that truth often gets overlooked in the interests of a ‘good story’.
“The bottom line for our Sunshine Coast Council is that we are very supportive of farmers looking to diversify their activities as a means to help sustain the traditional agricultural uses of their property.
“Agribusiness is one of the seven high value industries in our region’s economy and council wants to see agricultural properties survive and thrive.”
Cr Jamieson said that council had asked Kenilworth Camping to file a development approval application with council to “to legitimise the commercial campground.”
The statement did not outline the costs that would need to be paid to council for the development application to change the use of the Kenilworth Camping land on council’s town planning documents.
A development application would likely cost the farmer thousands in associated fees, and council could reject the proposal.
“Like any property owner in Queensland, if the intention is to conduct a business on the property that is not the same as the existing approved use, then the property owner must obtain the appropriate development approval from council,” Cr Jamieson said.
“Council has endeavoured to work with the property owners to come up with a solution that would enable them to achieve an appropriate development approval for their commercial campground.
“What is clear to our council is that the owners of Kenilworth Camping clearly have taken the view that unlike everyone else, they do not need to abide by the laws that apply to every property owner in Queensland.
“I am proud of our council’s dedication to our community and our preparedness to make the tough decisions when necessary, to maintain a strong and vibrant region.”
Shane Paulger, who owns the dairy farm and campsite land, said his family have used the land as a campground for decades.
In his public statement, Cr Jamieson refuted this claim.
“The owners of Kenilworth Camping claim that they have “existing use rights”,” he said.
“This would mean that the property was being used as a commercial campground on its current scale since before town planning laws came into being in the mid 1970’s. However, despite repeated offers by council over the last six months to the property owners to provide evidence of existing use rights.”
Cr Jamieson also took aim at the Paulger’s use of their land over the Easter long weekend.
“This is not a small scale, limited use campground,” Cr Jamieson said.
“Our council has evidence of more than several hundred campsites on the property over the 2017 Easter Weekend.”
Shane Paulger hit back at council’s comments over the campground controversy.
“We’ve been doing this (campground) for probably 30 years at a low level – a long time,” he said.
Mr Paulger said that Kenilworth Camping only has a handful of campers at one time, but said numbers did go up over Easter when surrounding campgrounds were at capacity.
“They’re going to slug me for (Easter weekend campers), are they? Who could ever justify a business case for that one weekend or two weekends a year,” he said.
“For goodness sake, let’s have some sanity here.
“We can’t find one person or business who had jumped through the hoops like council has asked us to do.
“They want us farmers in the hinterland, but do they really?”
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So what is your stance on this, council too tough or simply business big or small need to follow the laws?