New car­a­van park wel­come at Woodgate

Park be­hind ho­tel set to sat­isfy the masses who visit

Isis Town and Country - - News -

“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.”

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