I felt I needed to correct some of the incorrect comments that have been made in local media this past week in regard to the Seaspray Caravan Park project.
In one article, MP Matt Viney states “parking has been restricted and the caretaker’s residence is to be located on the side of the hall instead of on that of the caravan park.”
The caretaker’s house is to be built inside the caravan park site in the position shown on the final plan presented to the community in November, 2010.
There is also a claim that the car park has gone, that no stage can be delivered for the school concert, there is minimal disabled access and children will have to walk hundreds of metres from their park to the front of the hall.
Previous car parking outside the hall was on an ad hoc basis inside the reserve.
New parking has been provided facing main Rd, which will be further enlarged and parking bays marked with more than 50 bays once work on the McLachlan memorial gates are complete.
There are two disabled parking bays provided in close proximity to the hall entrance where none were provided previously.
As agreed by the committee, a double turnign circle will be built at the end of the project and the fence moved about two metres to ensure cars can safely deliver and collect equipment needed for school or other functions.
The distance children need to walk to the front of the hall is the same for other users, and certainly not “hundreds of metres” as the total length of the car park will be only 60 metres in length when completed.
On television it was stated that plans for the caravan park had been changed from those previously presented with no community consultation.
There have been no changes made to the final project plan presented at a community meeting in November, 2010, with copies of this plan placed in the local shop and caravan park office from that date.
No criticism by the community of this plan was ever received by the committee.
These plans were printed in a Gippsland Times article at a later date.
The project is in its final stages of development,with tenders for the above ground facilities signed off, and with a targeted completion date of April next year.