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The Pem­ber­ton Car­a­van Park has been trans­formed into a bet­ter place to stay over the past month thanks to the hard work of the com­mu­nity.

It had been left in a bad state when the old lease on the park ended in the mid­dle of De­cem­ber.

Pem­ber­ton Vis­i­tor Cen­tre pres­i­dent John Gaunt said it had taken a few days of hard work from the com­mu­nity to be­gin turn­ing the place around.

“The lease ended on De­cem­ber 18 and we started work the morn­sponse ing af­ter,” he said.

The park’s cab­ins had also been re­moved at the end of the lease, along with gas bot­tles and elec­tri­cal equip­ment.

“We were left with a very se­ri­ous and ex­pen­sive mess,” he said.

The park’s rat­ings on so­cial me­dia plat­forms such as Trip Ad­vi­sor and Face­book had suf­fered and Mr Gaunt said it had been voted one of the worst in Aus­tralia.

“We called a com­mu­nity meet­ing and we had an enor­mous re- from ev­ery­one, we then had a two-and-a-half-day busy bee with 60 vol­un­teers to help fix the park,” he said.

Over those days all the plumb­ing and elec­tri­cal is­sues were re­placed among other things to get the park run­ning prop­erly again.

“As a com­mu­nity ex­er­cise it was fan­tas­tic.”

He said there was still a lot of work to be done, such as fix­ing the roads in the park and in­stalling new cab­ins, which would hope­fully start hap­pen­ing soon.

Pic­ture: Holly Thomp­son

Pem­ber­ton Vis­i­tor Cen­tre pres­i­dent John Gaunt stands out the front of the car­a­van park, which he helped re­pair with the help of the com­mu­nity.

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