Caravans on-site at Werri Beach Holiday Park

To make way for a multi-million dollar upgrade, a New South Wales holiday park is evicting over 120 permanent caravan tenants.

Werri Beach Holiday Park’s $6 million AUSD upgrade will involve the construction of new cabins, ensuite sites and safari tents.

“Half the park is empty for six months of the year, so this is about diversification of our tourist stock to increase tourism,” Kiama Council General Manager Kerry McMurray said.

Werri Beach Holiday Park campsite signpost.

While the tenants at the park don’t officially ‘live’ on the site, they pay a monthly fee to the local Kiama Council to keep their vans permanently on the site.

The laws around permanent tenancy at campsites in Australia are the same as leasing a house or any other property. Residents can be asked to leave at any time by the owners as long as they are given 90 days notice.

Once upgrades are completed, only 40 of the caravans will be relocated back onto the site using a ballot system.