Annual visitors Melinda and David Cooper and Kelley Jennings (centre) say caravan parks must stay.
Annual visitors Melinda and David Cooper and Kelley Jennings (centre) say caravan parks must stay. PETER CHAPMAN

Caravanners revolt over proposal

FOR five years, Melinda and David Cooper of Gympie have enjoyed their annual holidays at site 16 of the Pialba Caravan Park.

And they are some of the newer citizens of a floating village that comes together every year over the Christmas holidays and anchors itself in the park.

The granddaddy of this caravanning clan is Todd Broadfoot, 40, of Ipswich.

Todd has not missed a single year at the park since he was born and his kids Zoe, 12, and Pip, 6, can boast the same.

This year the congregation is scandalised at proposals by Deputy Mayor David Dalgleish to move the park to make way for an expanded WetSide Water Park.

"It is a really old fashioned way to holiday that kids don't get to experience any more," Mrs Cooper said.

Mr Broadfoot agreed: "I'd be devastated, for me it's a way of life and something to share with the kids."

Former merchant navy captain Anne Bosma has travelled the globe in retirement.

Of all the places she could spend six months of the year, she chooses Pialba Caravan Park.

"I wouldn't go anywhere else," she said.

Hammocks were slung from poinciana trees yesterday and barbecue's sizzled but the villagers were getting restless.



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