Couple eye opening a caravan park school
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.