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14 hectares of caravan park at EPIC

By johnboy - 19 June 2012 11

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Andrew Barr has announced FreeSpirit Management Group, has won the tender to build low-cost tourist accommodation at Exhibition Park.

The site, approximately 14 hectares in size and adjoining EPIC, is located on the corner of the Federal Highway and Wells Station Road.

This development will be a significant boost for EPIC, Canberra’s major event complex. The target patronage for the accommodation is people visiting EPIC events, visiting school and sports groups, and the general touring and holidaying public.

The preferred tenderer, FreeSpirit Management Group, is a specialist company which manages and leases holiday and tourist parks from Darwin to Merimbula.


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11 Responses to
14 hectares of caravan park at EPIC
Keijidosha 11:56 am 21 Jun 12

What’s the big deal? Gunghalin is already a cluster of tightly crammed boxes, its just that the boxes in this caravan park will be a fraction of the cost and closer to the city… actually on second thought I can see why Gunghalin residents might be a bit sore about that.

rosscoact 10:50 am 21 Jun 12

I’m not sure that it’s a recent phenomenon. i remember people living in caravan parks permanently (and some by choice) back in the 70s in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

If there were more caravan parks in the ACT there would be less of an affordable housing and rentals issue.

JessP 10:07 am 21 Jun 12

poetix said :

Dougal said :

JessP said :

Lets hope the site is for short term accommodation only!

Um, why do you care? Are you hoping that there will be vacancies when you ‘holiday’ there, or do you just have something against people who choose to live in a/can’t afford anything else but a caravan park?

Well said Dougal.

It would be truly awful if poor people could afford to live so near to shops, bus-routes and the Farmers Markets. They might steal all the organic vegetables destined for the middle classes.

Ah… I care because a caravan park is not a long term solution for people in housing stress! Affordable housing is the solution. Caravan parks over recent years have been seen as a easy way out….they enable governments to cross a few more people off their lists and become a bandaid solution (You know, a bit like building major road infrastructure with single lanes).

Lets hope this is a part of a bigger plan.

poetix 10:25 am 20 Jun 12

Dougal said :

JessP said :

Lets hope the site is for short term accommodation only!

Um, why do you care? Are you hoping that there will be vacancies when you ‘holiday’ there, or do you just have something against people who choose to live in a/can’t afford anything else but a caravan park?

Well said Dougal.

It would be truly awful if poor people could afford to live so near to shops, bus-routes and the Farmers Markets. They might steal all the organic vegetables destined for the middle classes.

rosscoact 9:53 am 20 Jun 12

wildturkeycanoe said :

Nice that the government can find 14 hectares for caravans, only because they will make money. If the 14 hectares was to house the homeless or those who can’t afford Canberra’s high rents it’d be a different story, wouldn’t it! I bet a powered site at this location won’t be any cheaper than the hotel just up the road.

I understand that this is precisely why this was released i.e. to house those people who cannot get or afford tourist accommodation high rents.

Just because it’s tourist accommodation doesn’t make it any less valid.

ToastFliesRED 9:45 am 20 Jun 12

Let’s hope common sense prevails (haha) just imagine the residents there (permanent or not) suddenly voicing concerns about noise from events at EPIC or the “invasion” of hoards of people for events there.
just sayin

wildturkeycanoe 9:06 am 20 Jun 12

Nice that the government can find 14 hectares for caravans, only because they will make money. If the 14 hectares was to house the homeless or those who can’t afford Canberra’s high rents it’d be a different story, wouldn’t it! I bet a powered site at this location won’t be any cheaper than the hotel just up the road.

Dougal 11:14 pm 19 Jun 12

JessP said :

Lets hope the site is for short term accommodation only!

Um, why do you care? Are you hoping that there will be vacancies when you ‘holiday’ there, or do you just have something against people who choose to live in a/can’t afford anything else but a caravan park?

JessP 7:20 pm 19 Jun 12

Lets hope the site is for short term accommodation only!

Kath 6:08 pm 19 Jun 12

p1 said :

I hope the facilities are summernatsproof.

It should corral them nicely anyway.

p1 5:45 pm 19 Jun 12

I hope the facilities are summernatsproof.

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