Monthly Archives: June 2014

June 20th, 2014

Planning Bulletin 49

Planning Bulletin 49 outlines guidelines for the development of Caravan Parks and is used by Local Government Town Planners and the Western Australian Planning Commission to evaluate development applications for both new and existing caravan parks. The Department of Planning has recently updated and released the new Planning Bulletin and it can be found by clicking the following link. Planning Bulletin 49 Caravan Parks

Complimenting the specific Planning document for Caravan Parks is the broader Tourism Planning Guideline, appropriately called that and this can be found at the following link Tourism Planning Guidelines

We recommend any operator looking at developing their park to review these documents in the first instance.

June 9th, 2014

Caravan Park and Camping Ground Act, new legislation proposed

The Department of Local Government is developing new legislation to replace the current industry guidelines, the Caravan Park and Camping Ground Act 1995.

It is important that all industry stakeholders make comment on the new legislation as it will direct and control all activities carried out in a Caravan Park and impacts on residential parks as well.

The Association will be making a submission on behalf of Members and will be contacting Members to make sure the submission represents the view and position of industry. We will ensure Members are kept informed as to the draft submissions to allow for direct feedback into the submission. We strongly suggest all Members make a submission supporting the industry position.

The Consultation paper can be found at the following link. The Department of Local Government has also included a Frequently Asked Question document and Feedback From for simplified responses, follow the links to those documents.

Submissions close 1 September 2014 with information in the document on how to make a submission.

Caravan Park Act Consultation Paper May 2014

Caravan Park Act FAQs 2014

Caravan Park Act Feedback Form 2014

June 9th, 2014

2nd Stage of the Residential Park (Long Stay Tenant) Act 2006 Review

On Friday 6th June 2014 the Department of Commerce released a media statement announcing the second stage of the review into the Residential Parks (Long Stay Tenant) Act 2006.

To All those in the industry it is important to take time to read the second stage of the review into the Act that covers all parts of permanent residents living in caravan parks and residential lifestyle villages in Western Australia.

The second stage is called a Regulatory Impact Statement and sets out options that received in comments into the first stage of the review in 2012.

As the Department of Commerce’s website say’s “The paper tests those options, sets out some of the pros and cons and seeks feedback from stakeholders. The options seek to balance the competing interests of tenants and park operators, by providing appropriate protection for tenants, while seeking to ensure the residential parks sector remains viable for operators.”

The Association is in the process of reviewing the consultation paper and will engage with Members to ensure a submission to the paper is made with Members input and perspective. We will ensure that Members are informed of the position and comments that the Association will make in the submission and encourage Members to make their own submission in support of the industry position.

Submissions close on the 12th of September 2014 and details on how to make a submission are provided in the document. Simply click on the link to the discussion paper here to find the full document.

Discussion Paper