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NSW Government Changes Caravan Law

Source: Van Homes
Posted: 13 Feb 2020
A 60sqm, 2 bedroom Vanhomes Caravan that can be set up for fire victims in hours
Fire victims have received some comforting news, with the NSW Government releasing an amendment to the legislation that prohibits caravans being used to house bushfire victims.

NSW residents who have been bushfire affected can now live in a caravan for up to TWO years, the previous law only allowing  occupation for two days:

Clause 77 (below) outlines the use of caravans elsewhere than in caravan parks. The clauses above outline when a caravan can be used without the prior approval of council.

Clause b) allows caravans to be used in connection with a dwelling for a family member to stay in long term, like a Granny Flat. This is what people have been using previously to house family members without the hassle of going through Council. If the main dwelling has burnt down, this clause does not apply anymore. 

Now, clause (d) has been added which says that a caravan can be placed on any land for the purposes of accommodating a person who has been displaced because of a bushfire for up to 2 years. 

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This comes after a huge push from the public to overhaul the legislation after almost 2,000 homes have been destroyed by bushfire since October last year. 

This amendment is an amazing result for fire victims, allowing some much needed relief to the stresses of rebuilding. 

"It's fantastic to see that common sense has prevailed in this instance. I started this company to offer affordable accommodation to all Australians, and for fire victims having to worry about breaching legislation simply for using a caravan when trying to rebuild is ludicrous" said Vanhomes CEO, Vito Russo.

Vanhomes is a manufacturer of caravans up to 60sqm in size, that are able to be used in accordance with the legislation above. 

"We were receiving dozens (of calls) from fire victims asking if our product would be suitable to use whilst rebuilding, and whilst it was suitable, the law was preventing us from being able to provide them. This has all changed since the amendment was released, and now we're extremely grateful to be able to help.", Mr Russo said. 

This amendment is being welcomed by thousands of NSW Bushfire Victims, who can now begin the gruelling process of rebuilding that little bit easier.

To find out more about how to donate please visit the RFS website.

 
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