Cou­ple eye open­ing a car­a­van park school

Midwest Times - - TIMES NEWS - Ge­off Vi­vian

Don­gara Tourist Park owner Ron Sauls­man said he was “over the moon” at coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to ex­tend the car­a­van park prop­erty’s lease from 20 years to 50 last week.

“It means that we re­ally can get the park fully de­vel­oped be­cause now we’ve got ten­ure to be able to fi­nance de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

“We’ve got plans to ex­tend ac­com­mo­da­tion and to add fa­cil­i­ties like a large swim­ming pool, more play ar­eas and a restau­rant con­fer­ence area.”

Mr Sauls­man said this would be­come a place for in­struc­tion if he and his wife, Sue, de­cided to start a car­a­van park school.

“We’ve both been in ed­u­ca­tion for a num­ber of years and it’s a place that you nat­u­rally go to when you’re train­ing peo­ple in how to man­age the of­fice,” he said.

“You bring to it cer­tain aware­nesses that you get from ed­u­ca­tion back­ground that I think may help train peo­ple to be more ef­fi­cient, more ef­fec­tive, more ser­vice-ori­en­tated.

Mr Sauls­man said there was no school for car­a­van park own­ers any­where in WA.

“Be­ing set in the Mid West, we can pull from the north and drive from the south and the metropoli­tan area as well, so I think lo­ca­tion wise we’re in a good place,” he said.

“I think the park would lend it­self as an ex­am­ple of how to hone your skills.

“Hope­fully, we’ll be able to help them get to that level of ex­per­tise where they can and should pro­vide ex­cep­tional ser­vice to the tourism pop­u­la­tion and peo­ple trav­el­ling.”

Mr Sauls­man thanked Ir­win Shire for its sup­port.

Cr Bar­rye Thomp­son moved the mo­tion to ex­tend the lease pe­riod, which Cr Mark Leonard sec­onded.

It passed unan­i­mously with­out dis­cus­sion.

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