Grant comes at
handout for St Arnaud park
Ms Thomas announcing the funding
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THE Victorian Government is providing
$270,000 to upgrade an historic 22-site caravan
park at the gateway to the Silo Art Trail
and overlooking the town of St Arnaud.
The funding is part of a $2.8-plus million investment in caravan park
upgrades across the Wimmera and Southern Mallee regions.
Located on Crown land owned by Department of Environment Land Water and
Planning, the leased St Arnaud Caravan Park has seen a downturn in visitor
numbers during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Its popularity was also impacted by the absence of a waste disposal point
for caravan users within the park.
The funding will bring the park in line with the expectations of modern
caravan park users making it a more attractive stay.
It will benefit from the following upgrades:
* Electrical and plumbing upgrades and
additional power outlets installed to increase the capacity of the caravan
* The delivery of safer internal roads
around the park, including new bollards and road realignment to a new
* The installation of synthetic grass at
various locations to increase environmental sustainability
Stawell Caravan Park will also benefit from the same pool of funding,
receiving $185,000 to improve amenities and create a new recreation room
MP Mary-Anne Thomas said the funding would help local councils revitalise
small towns as they recover from the pandemic by creating more jobs and
improving tourism and community infrastructure.
"This funding for accommodation at the gateway to the Silo Art Trail will
have a huge flow on-effect for regional businesses – allowing more
tourists to stop and stay in our small towns and providing a real boost to
local economies," she said.
Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor Murray Emerson said the funding
came at a critical time for the shire.
"It is wonderful to be able to welcome Ms Thomas to our shire and we are
very thankful to the Victorian Government for financing these upgrades to
our caravan parks," he said.
"Our towns and tourism operators have endured a significant downturn in
tourist numbers and local spending over the course of the pandemic due to
continual lockdowns restricting visitors to our region.
"St Arnaud will always be a popular destination for botanical and history
buffs, gold fossickers and now ‒ thanks to the
mind blowing realism of local artist Kyle Torney's murals
‒ a legion of public art enthusiasts.
"These upgrades will improve the experience for our caravanning and
camping tourists and hopefully encourage them to stay longer, spread the
news to their friends and to return again to our getaway gems in the
* MP Mary-Anne
Thomas Thomas was escorted through the park by NGSC Mayor Cr Murray
Emerson, St Arnaud councillors Dr Eddy Ostarcevic PhD and Cr Tony
Driscoll, CEO Liana Thompson, council staff and St Arnaud Caravan Park
Managers Torrance and Rhonda Drendel.
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