'A team of exceptional people'
'All hands on deck' as GORCC battles
one of its most challenging times
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THE last 12 months have presented
Victoria's Great Ocean Road Coast Committee with
"one of the most challenging environments" in which to manage
"As with many organisations, COVID-19 has presented a very challenging
time for our staff, partners and customers, and has materially impacted
our financial results," acting chief executive
Daniel Aitken (pictured) said.
The committee's newly released annual report revealed that its three
caravan parks had accounted for 84 percent of its $13.5m revenue in
2019-20, compared to $14.8m the previous year.
Mr Aitken said the pandemic had required an "all
hands on deck"
approach to management and leadership and a good deal of trust to feel the
way forward in uncertain times.
"Our staff have done an extraordinary job and responded quickly and
effectively to the demands of COVID-19, while continuing to deliver our
essential services," he said.
The report spoke of a busy summer season, with its Anglesea Family,
Torquay Foreshore and Lorne Foreshore caravan
parks again reaching capacity.
"It was great to see so many people out enjoying the coast," it said.
From December 22 to January 29, 2020, a total of 55,600 people stayed at
• Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park welcomed 21,900 visitors, with 15,600
• Anglesea Family Caravan Park enjoyed 9700 casual visitors along with
10,500 permit-holders for a total of 20,200 patrons
• Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park saw 13,500 visitors, including 9900 casuals
and 3600 permit-holders.
"Our camper activities were a huge hit, with over 10,000 caravan park
guests attending activities in all three parks from the end of December
through to the end of January 2020," the report said.
"The fan favourites were the multiple film nights, WildlifeXposure's
native animal shows and our education team-led Rockpool Rambles.
"We're very proud of our caravan park staff and commercial team for
helping to deliver these impressive numbers and create great camping
experiences for our guests."
The report said all its parks were forced to close their doors on March 23
because of the pandemic.
"The park teams made the most of the quiet, empty parks by working to
ensure that the parks were in tip-top condition for when guests could
return," it said.
"Amenity blocks and cabins received deep cleans and grassy areas had a
well-earned break, benefiting from being vacant for an extended period.
"It was great to have staff collaborate and share roles across our three
"Our parks were very happy to welcome campers back on the 1st of June
On December 1, the committee will amalgamate with the Otway Coast
Committee to become the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority.
"As an organisation we have navigated this period of uncertainty with
strength and we will pass on a significant legacy to the new authority,"
Great Ocean Road Coast Committee chairman Ken
"We demonstrate this through a team of exceptional people, an adaptive
model of environmental management and a disciplined approach to commercial
and financial operations."
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