Bridgewater Caravan Park upgrade approved

BRIDGEWATER’S $4.2 million caravan park upgrade will go ahead after the planning permit was approved by Loddon Shire council at Monday night’s council meeting.

The council voted to accept officers’ recommendation to redevelop Bridgewater Caravan Park, with the proposal including the construction of ensuite units and cabin sites, a camp kitchen, a swimming pool and a playground.

The council received four objections, with concerns there would be insufficient access to the park and boat ramp facilities and no public amenities or public toilets planned in the redevelopment.  

  Loddon Shire council chief executive officer John McLinden said the council considered the objections but said they were irrelevant to whether the redevelopment should go ahead.

“Although they can see the sense in this request, they’re dealing with a planning permit here,” he said. “The council also directed staff to pursue other options for better access to public toilets and the Bridgewater boat ramp facility.”

He said the caravan park would draw more people to Bridgewater’s riverside setting, which would benefit the whole community.

“It creates a great tourist park, which is great for the economy as it increases the population of Bridgewater over summer.

“Plus, Bridgewater residents will also have a redeveloped public area over the foreshore.”

He said objectors still had more than a month to appeal through the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

“The outcome to that will determine the next step,” he said.

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