Win-Win for Monte Carlo Caravan Park
The Monte Carlo Caravan Park on Brisbane’s Southside is set to remain in place following a State Government announcement which will give a not-for-profit housing provider the opportunity to run the facility.
The Newman Government will invite a select group of not-for-profit housing providers to submit expressions of interest in the Cannon Hill site on the condition that it continues to operate as a caravan park.
Under the plan, the successful proponent will take possession of the site in exchange for an agreement to build new social housing in key target areas.
Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander said the EOI would include respected providers Horizon, Four Walls, Churches of Christ Care, Brisbane Housing Company and Bric.
“This is a win-win situation,” Mr Mander said.
“Currently, Monte Carlo Caravan Park doesn’t take people off the social housing waiting list. This solution will ensure that we boost the supply of social housing in areas where it’s really needed.
“Meanwhile, residents at Monte Carlo Caravan Park can have complete peace of mind that the park will continue to function just as it does now.”
The new owners may elect to add additional mobile home accommodation on the site in future, but only if it doesn’t impinge on the site’s existing function as a caravan park.
Member for Bulimba Aaron Dillaway said he was pleased with the outcome.
“Monte Carlo Caravan Park is a bit of an institution in this area and I know that some residents were a bit anxious about the plan to sell the park,” Mr Dilloway said.
“Today we can assure everyone that the park isn’t going anywhere.”
There are currently more than 23,000 households on the social housing waiting list in Queensland.
The above is a Queensland State Government media statement provided by the office of the Minister for Housing and Public Works, Tim Mander. Dated January 22 2013. You can add your comments below.