A report to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) shows that despite maintenance costs of over $12,000 being expended on a backlog of necessary works at Quirindi Caravan Park, since Council recommenced operation of the facility in January this year, the overall financial picture on operations is improving.
“The accounts show a very small deficit, as a result of the outlays, at the end of the financial year, but these improvements are an investment in the future and are already showing dividends with good feedback from travellers,” said LPSC Deputy Mayor, Doug Hawkins
‘We’ve had good figures for cabin bookings, particularly during the week, with weekends somewhat quieter unless there is a local event on. We are monitoring this situation to see if it is an ongoing trend and if it is we will consider further promotion aimed at boosting numbers on weekends,” he said.
‘We’ve provided upgraded air conditioning in cabins and serviced and repaired washing machines and dryers. Some other issues we will address under the 2017/18 capital budget include replacement of balconies on cabins, levelling of drive through caravan sites required to repair tree root movement, tree maintenance and inspection and where necessary replacement of cabin equipment,” he continued.
“A successful caravan park is an important component of Council’s Recreational Vehicle (RV) Strategy to offer our visitors extra facilities and an alternative to freedom camping sites. The strategy is already paying dividends so far as visitor numbers are concerned,” he said.
“Importantly, it is evident from consumer reviews and comments that the continued improvements at the caravan park are being noticed and the RV community are more than willing to recommend it it to their friends and colleagues,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.