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Saying G’day to the Alice

- LEE ROBINSON

BILLION-DOLLAR business G’day Group has continued its accommodat­ion buying spree, adding two more Territory caravan parks to its evergrowin­g NT tourism portfolio.

The two latest notches on its belt are the MacDonnell Range Holiday Park in Alice Springs and Shady Lane Tourist Park in Katherine.

Sitting on more than 15ha of land, the two new parks will complement the group’s recent acquisitio­n of Central Australian properties Kings Canyon Resort and Glen Helen Lodge.

G’day Group chief executive Grant Wilckens said he was thrilled to be taking the reins of the iconic properties.

The MacDonnell Range park was purchased from longtime Centralian Brendan Heenan, who built the park from the ground up in 1983.

“It’s a huge honour to be the new owner of the MacDonnell Range Holiday Park – it’s the NT’s top awarded park and one of the best parks in the whole of Australia,” Mr Wilckens said.

“Brendan Heenan, with great support from his family, has done an incredible job with this park and is to be congratula­ted for building it into such an outstandin­g property.”

The Alice Springs accommodat­ion is home to 389 sites, for both long-staying guests and passer-bys.

Mr Heenan, who built the park around the time the dirt road to Adelaide was being sealed, said he had found the right buyer for the park he developed more than 40 years.

“Building the Alice Springs park up to be the best in the Territory and one of the best in Australia is something I’m very proud of,” he said.

“It’s taken a lot of work over the past 40 years and I’m confident I’ve found the right buyer to take over my legacy and grow the property to the next level.

“It’s been a wonderful industry to be a part of and I have met and worked with many amazing people, especially through BIG4 Holiday Parks of Australia, the Caravan Industry Associatio­n of Australia (CIAA) and the tourism industry in the Northern Territory.

“I will continue to be a passionate supporter of tourism in Central Australia and the NT.”

Shady Lane Tourist Park

in Katherine, which is home to more than 200 campsites and 16 cabins, was purchased from locals Phil and Marianne Bates.

Mr Bates said he and his wife were keen to see the park flourish.

“Katherine is one of the

best places to truly experience the Territory, it’s home to such incredible Territory attraction­s like Nitmiluk, the hot springs, Edith Falls and Cutta Cutta,” he said.

“I’d love to see the G’day Group grow this property and really market the destinatio­n,

so people realise just how much there is to see here and why they need to stay longer.”

The MacDonnell Range Holiday Park is due to settle in December. Shady Lane Tourist Park in Katherine will settle in early November.

 ?? ?? G'day Group has acquired the MacDonnell Range Holiday Park in Alice Springs and Shady Lane Tourist Park in Katherine. G’day Group chief executive Grant Wilckens and MacDonnell Range Holiday Park owner Brendan Heenan. Picture: Supplied
G'day Group has acquired the MacDonnell Range Holiday Park in Alice Springs and Shady Lane Tourist Park in Katherine. G’day Group chief executive Grant Wilckens and MacDonnell Range Holiday Park owner Brendan Heenan. Picture: Supplied

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