Thoughts on council fa­cil­i­ties

Gatton Star - - NEWS OPINION - — GRA­HAM WESSLING, GAT­TON

WOULD the Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Council care to pub­licly ex­plain why they de­mol­ished the toi­let and shower blocks that had been a part of Gat­ton’s old swim­ming pool fa­cil­i­ties?

The lo­ca­tion is now a des­ig­nated free 48 hour RV park. Why couldn’t th­ese blocks have been re­fur­bished and re­tained for use by road tourists?

They have in­stead de­clared that the “amenity” is re­stricted to self con­tained ve­hi­cles. Good luck with them en­forc­ing that one. Are they go­ing to have a council em­ployee pa­trolling the area and en­forc­ing this edict?

I agree with the 48 hour limit on stays, but it would have been far more sen­si­ble to have a ca­sual care­taker and cleaner who also col­lected camp­ing fees at an amenity that in­cluded show­ers and toi­lets.

This is how you at­tract the type of vis­i­tors who will spend their money, and pro­vide a much-needed eco­nomic boost to Gat­ton’s CBD and other sur­round­ing towns.

What this council has done smacks of elitism, and it is worth not­ing that Cr Jim Mc­don­ald had pushed for al­low­ing a free stay of four days, rather than two.

He was the coun­cil­lor who at a council meet­ing some years ago, stated that “self funded re­tirees” should be granted the same con­ces­sions as pen­sion­ers be­cause “they have con­trib­uted more to so­ci­ety.”

PHOTO: FILE

AMENI­TIES: What was once part of the old swim­ming pool fa­cil­i­ties at Gat­ton is now a free 48 hour RV area.

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