Camp­ing banned at $10m home

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page -

A FAM­ILY has been told they can’t camp on a Gold Coast prop­erty they paid more than $10 mil­lion for be­cause it breaches lo­cal law.

Mil­lion­aire busi­ness­man Ray Wilkie bought the prop­erty in July for $10.5m and thought his seven-strong fam­ily could en­joy the ocean front views be­fore build­ing on the site.

So they set up three tents and a por­taloo on Christ­mas Eve.

But the Gold Coast City Coun­cil told Mr Wilkie yes­ter­day that he would have to re­move his camp site by New Year’s Day or be fined.

Coun­cil act­ing CEO Dar­ren Scott said he didn’t blame the Wilkie fam­ily for want­ing to camp on the Main Beach prop­erty.

‘‘It’s a pretty amaz­ing spot,’’ he said.

‘‘How­ever, there is a lo­cal law that says peo­ple must not camp on land that is not reg­is­tered as a camp­ing ground and there are very good and ob­vi­ous rea­sons for this law, which in­clude health and hy­giene is­sues.’’

Mr Scott said Mr Wilkie agreed to re­move the camp site by Jan­uary 1 when a coun­cil en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cer vis­ited yes­ter­day morn­ing.

‘‘I am sure the fam­ily was un­aware they were break­ing the law,’’ he said.

‘‘The coun­cil has not told the fam­ily to move out. There was an en­tirely am­i­ca­ble dis­cus­sion dur­ing which a mu­tu­ally ac­cept­able so­lu­tion was agreed.’’

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