BILLY Mundy just wants to live comfortably with her beloved dogs beside her.
For the past two years she has lived simply but happily in a small community of fellow caravan dwellers. But now Billy and all neighbouring residents are being evicted.
Their days at the showground caravan park are numbered and they have until October 11 to leave.
Billy is in shock and now faces an uncertain future. She said she will not be parted from her "babies" - dogs Prince and Amos. Unless she can find another suitable venue where her dogs are also welcome Billy said she's not going anywhere.
"I'm not moving it's as simple as that," she said.
According to Brian Moore, a representative of the newly formed showground trust the caravan park has never been approved by council. Brian and fellow new trust members discovered that a DA was applied for in 2005 but council requirements were never met.
Brian and the trust met with council to discuss compliance and discovered many issues outstanding with the current DA.
"We're not in the habit of doing things illegally," said Brian of what prompted the difficult decision to evict the residents.
"There's a different set of rules for event camping," said Brian pointing out that when an event is taking place campers can stay anywhere on the showground. But for other times, the applied for DA would allow for six caravans and six tents within a designated caravan park on the site. Campers would legally be able to stay for 180 days in a 12 month period once all council requirements are met.
Billy and her neighbours had no idea the park was not compliant.
"I don't know who to blame," said Billy who had signed a lease and was paying the asked for rent. "I didn't know we could get evicted."
For the showground trust, this is also a blow. "We didn't want to do it," said Brian who cites the issuing of the eviction notices as "the worst thing I've ever had to do." Apart from the human cost, the showground trust now stands to lose a significant chunk of its annual income from lost rent. Faced with the potential for costly fines and legal prosecution Brian said the trust didn't have a choice.
"I have been wracking my brain to work out what to do," said Billy who together with her dogs shares her small fenced plot with some bantams. Billy also pays for two horses to be kept at the showground stables but is confident she can find agistment for them. It is her dogs that she is concerned about, "I love them so much," she said.