Campaspe commits $3m to upgrade caravan park

By Tyla Harrington

CAMPASPE Shire Council will spend almost $3 million upgrading the Echuca Holiday Park into a ‘‘resort-style’’ facility over the next five years.

Council said the master plan would be funded by its own operations, given the park’s turnover is about $2.5 million annually.

Something Cr Leigh Wilson said was a ‘‘testament’’ to the park at the council meeting on Tuesday night last week.

‘‘It is an amazing facility that council has the privilege of running on behalf of the community,’’ Cr Wilson said.

‘‘What this puts in place is a secure 10-year plan ... it places council in a great position moving forward.’’

The master plan, which council adopted last week, focuses on improving the customer experience and catering for all types of visitors throughout the year.

Upgrades will include an improved entrance, overall landscaping and site restoration, mini-golf course, jumping pillow, new playground, barbecue shelters and seating, new amenities facility, new accessible cabins, ensuite sites, safari tents, dormitory style accommodation for groups and schools as well as new pathways and crossings.

Cr Annie Vickers said the park was the most popular caravan park in the region and deserved the capital works program.

‘‘If you don’t book a year ahead you don’t get in,’’ she said.

While mayor Adrian Weston said the plan had a 10-year program, the initial 5-year program was council’s immediate focus.

‘‘The park improvements have been identified as a priority due to continued growth in the caravan and camping industry and the high standards guests now expect,’’ Cr Weston said.

‘‘It’s great to see reinvestment in the park, which will continue to grow into an important tourism asset for our region.

‘‘With tourism being so important to our local economy and this site being ideally located, council understands that significant upgrades will attract even more tourists and encourage longer stays.’’

Council has allocated $454,500 in the proposed 2019-20 budget towards the improved entrance and landscaping works with a total of $2.7 million estimated to be spent across the five years.