Camping banned at $10m home
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.’’