Park’s high achiever

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

For­mer De­niliquin woman Bianca Hurn (pic­tured) has spent a lot of time adding a youth­ful touch to Moama’s Mur­ray River Hol­i­day Park.

And it was that touch that saw her re­ceive the Vic­to­rian Car­a­van Park As­so­ci­a­tion’s 2017 Em­ployee Achiever of the Year ac­co­lade last week.

It’s some­thing Miss Hurn, who now lives in Echuca, was over the moon about.

‘‘I was a lit­tle bit ner­vous when they called my name out,’’ she said with a laugh.

‘‘I’ve done lots of lit­tle jobs that ac­cu­mu­late to where we are to­day.

‘‘What we’ve done for this busi­ness in the past two years is re­ally out­stand­ing. Not just me but ev­ery­one. It’s very re­ward­ing.

‘‘It’s a very flex­i­ble in­dus­try. The more you put in the more you get out.’’

Miss Hurn at­tended the state awards in Mel­bourne on Wednesday last week and was re­warded with the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend an all ex­penses paid con­fer­ence in the Gold Coast next year.

Mur­ray River Hol­i­day Park has been owned by Miss Hurn’s par­ents Ken and Ja­nine Hurn for nearly two years. They pre­vi­ously man­aged McLean Beach Hol­i­day Park in De­niliquin for about eight years.

Miss Hurn said it was while at De­niliquin she got a taste for the tourism in­dus­try, and she be­came op­er­a­tions man­ager at Moama a month af­ter the fam­ily took it over.

‘‘We’ve been in the in­dus­try for 15 years and this is our third car­a­van park,’’ she said.

‘‘I was only a ca­sual em­ployee when mum and dad were at McLean Beach, do­ing front of house and some groundskeep­ing, but that’s where I got my start.

‘‘It is such a flex­i­ble in­dus­try and one in which there’s a life­style you can cre­ate for your­self. But it is still a lot of hard work.’’

Miss Hurn helps man­age the Mur­ray River Hol­i­day Park’s 26 tourist cab­ins, 19 pow­ered sites and 19 an­nu­als.

In her two years there the 30 year-old has re­built the park’s web­site and ce­mented the pop­u­lar hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion’s pres­ence on so­cial me­dia.

‘‘I’ve just started In­sta­gram and we’ve al­ready got Facebook,’’ she said.

‘‘I also com­mu­ni­cate to all our net­works . . . we did a com­plete reser­va­tion sys­tem changeover last year, and I was the driver.

‘‘Then lots of lit­tle things. We’re still im­ple­ment­ing an op­er­a­tions manual and a re­lief man­ager’s manual so when we go on hol­i­days peo­ple have a folder of in­for­ma­tion to go to.’’

Miss Hurn said her favourite thing about her job was the ‘‘di­ver­sity of cus­tomers’’.

‘‘Ev­ery day brings some­thing dif­fer­ent,’’ she said.

‘‘Ev­ery­one has a story to tell and that’s what makes it ex­cit­ing.’’

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