Park plans pro­gress­ing

EX­PE­RI­ENCED OP­ER­A­TOR AP­POINTED

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SHIRE of Gin­gin coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously ap­proved Ex­pe­ri­ence Hol­i­day Parks for the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Lancelin Car­a­van Park at a meet­ing on June 20.

Shire pres­i­dent David Roe said the busi­ness op­er­a­tors, Regi­nald and Donna Cock­ing and Christo­pher and Or­nella Sialt­sis, aimed to start the first stage of re­de­vel­op­ment in early 2018.

“This group were one of two ap­pli­cants short­listed by the Shire’s Lancelin Car­a­van Park eval­u­a­tion and se­lec­tion com­mit­tee,” he said.

“Although the other ap­pli­cant with­drew from the process, the sub­mis­sion from Ex­pe­ri­ence Hol­i­day Parks was of a very high stan­dard and sub­se­quently they were rec­om­mended as the pre­ferred ap­pli­cant.”

Cr Roe said the group were ex­pe­ri­enced op­er­a­tors who also man­aged the Cen­tral Car­a­van Park at As­cot as well as the Man­durah Car­a­van and Tourist Park.

He said they would in­vest $5 mil­lion over five years to de­velop the park to a high coastal tourist des­ti­na­tion stan­dard with self-con­tained cab­ins, new ablu­tion and camper kitchen fa­cil­i­ties and road in­fras­truc­ture.

They also plan to in­clude an en­closed, heated swim­ming pool with pub­lic ac­cess, plus an ad­ven­ture play­ground.

“Coun­cil has also rec­om­mended the suc­cess­ful pro­po­nents taking over in­terim man­age­ment of the ex­ist­ing park while ne­go­ti­a­tions con­tinue with re­gard to a prospec­tive lease,” Cr Roe said.

“A busi­ness plan is cur­rently be­ing pre­pared and the Shire will seek per­mis­sion from the Min­is­ter for Lands to amend its vest­ing or­der at the site to en­able a 21-year lease with a 21-year op­tion to re­new.”

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