Park’s high achiever
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.’’