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Unit plan in Hindmarsh
Hindmarsh Shire Council plans to build six self-contained units at caravan parks in the municipality after receiving a $650,000 boost to address an accommodation shortage.
The council received the money as part of the State Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund to improve caravan parks in the Wimmerasouthern Mallee.
Mayor Ron Ismay said construction, installation and fit-out of up to six two-bedroom accommodation units included three all-abilities access and three standard units.
“Funding for the inclusion of more self-contained accommodation units will significantly enhance the potential to increase visitation to Hindmarsh Shire, thereby providing economic benefits to local businesses, tourism operators and the broader community,” he said.
Cr Ismay said the council proposed to install two standard units at Riverside Holiday Park Dimboola, all-ability units at both Jeparit and Rainbow caravan parks, and both an all-abilities and standard unit at Nhill Caravan Park.
“All of the new units will be six berth, self-contained, two bedroom units,” he said.
“The inclusion of a family unit at Jeparit is something the community has been asking for and by being an all-abilities unit it will increase the opportunity to attract more visitors to Jeparit.
“The new accommodation unit at Rainbow will also be an all-abilities unit and along with the new change rooms will be part of the early stages of the redevelopment of the park.
“We are excited to install an all-abilities unit at Nhill Caravan Park.
“With the installation of all-abilities cabins in Jeparit and Rainbow this will mean all caravan parks in Hindmarsh Shire will have all-abilities accommodation options.”
Cr Ismay said the council planned to seek contractors for the design, construction, installation and fit out of these units in the immediate future.
The council is also waiting on the outcome of another grant application for additional accommodation units in Dimboola, Jeparit and Rainbow.
Cr Ismay said the council was unsure when the outcome of the application would be announced, but was confident it would be supported.