Shire ready to begin work on caravan park renovation
■ The maligned Onslow Caravan Park is ready for its facelift three years after management of the park reverted to the Shire of Ashburton.
The Shire took control of the park in 2012 when a contract between it and a former operator expired.
The park was found to be in breach of Government regulations and was operating below capacity because of run-down amenities.
Concerns were raised at the time about whether this had the Shire competing unfairly against local accommodation operators. The Shire has powered on with plans for redevelopment and the first stage is set to cost $4.2 million.
Stage one involves preparation, demolition, electrical and civil works in the western section of the park, followed by the installation of new modular buildings.
Murray River North picked up the $1,521,452 contract in September to provide the buildings, while Prime Civil and the Shire just need to finalise a contract for $1,848,919.73 to conduct the civil works after the business was picked over five other submitted tenders.