New caravan park welcome at Woodgate
Park behind hotel set to satisfy the masses who visit
“There was not a lot of love in it. We’ve turned that around.”
The pub has held the free Country at the Beach music festival and Mr Kropp hopes the campsite will facilitate similar events.
“Getting this site approved helps us to hold those weekends – from car shows and bike rides, to music festivals and fishing comps, and we’ve got a heap of 40ths coming up over Christmas and New Year.
“People will be able to come and have a party at the pub and also camp at the shop – a one-stop shop.”
The idea is to provide a family holiday environment “a little different to a caravan park”.
“It’s about diversifying the venue to appeal to a wider demographic.”
Division 2 Councillor Bill Trevor said the conditional approval of the development was great news for the region.
“The pub has been through a lot of hard times,” he said.
“It’s part of a process of rebuilding to get people there for trade.
“Council is very cognisant of the fact that people making submissions had some relevant points.”
Among the submissions was concern that there was not enough demand for two tourist parks at Woodgate, but Cr Trevor said at peak times during Easter and Christmas the other caravan park became booked out.
“More business coming into the area is good for all the businesses,” Cr Trevor said.
“Tourist numbers are on the rise and over Easter and Christmas, the population swells to over 3000 people – it’s normally 1100.”
Most people submitting were not against it, but wanted to be sure about the conditions, Cr Trevor said, and fences and entries to the campsite would accommodate concerns.
The campsite will have a four-day maximum stay. QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services are warning residents in the Bundaberg region to take care after a high fire-danger rating was listed for the region.
The warning follows a spate of bush and grass fires that have ravaged Wide Bay recently.
Rural Fire Service area director inspector Bruce Thompson said he hoped the wet weather would provide some relief.
“Already we have experienced a number of fires throughout the Bundaberg area which have required responses from the Rural Fire Service,” he said.
“Conditions are still fluctuating though, with periodic coastal showers and some areas receiving good rainfall which does relieve the situation.”
Mr Thompson said care and attention was needed to avoid starting a fire in hot and dry conditions.
“Accidental fires can start with sparks from tractors/slashers, lawn mowers and power tools,” he said.
“Good practices include having water on hand, having a plan in place if a fire should happen, and keeping property clear of rubbish and vegetation.”