Council takes action against park

THE Somerset Regional Council is taking legal action against a Lake Atkinson tourism business for alleged non-compliance issues.

The council has accused the Atkinson Dam Waterfront Caravan Park of "non-compliance with development approval, unlawful building work, substandard plumbing work and unclean amenities and the like" after council health officers did a series of inspections of the facilities.

According to the Somerset Regional Council minutes, from last week's council meeting in Esk, officers from the council's building, plumbing and health sections inspected the caravan park in late 2011.

The council said the inspection was made after a series of complaints about the state of the caravan park.

The council said that after the inspection "instructions to remedy the areas of non-compliance, together with various notices, were issued to the operator, who gave an undertaking to address these matters".

However, the council said, "no noticeable progress in terms of rectification" had been made by the Atkinson Dam Waterfront Caravan Park in what the council believed was a "reasonable period of time".

As a consequence of the caravan park's alleged inaction, the council said the "the matter has been referred to council's solicitors for appropriate legal action".

Somerset Regional Council officials said they had continued to receive complaints regarding the Atkinson Dam Waterfront Caravan Park since inspection in late 2011.

At the meeting the council endorsed the initiation of legal action.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said he could not comment on the council's issues regarding the Atkinson Dam Waterfront Caravan Park with the matter being sent to the council's lawyers.

The Atkinson Dam Waterfront Caravan Park did not return The Queensland Times' phone calls yesterday for comment on the allegations.



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