Williams presents Ms Cocking
with her award
'I am honoured
to receive such an accolade'
Caravan industry stalwart
Donna recognised as a Living Legend
By Dennis Amor
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CARAVAN industry stalwart Donna Cocking is
a legend ... and that's official.
Owner and operator of WA's Mandurah Caravan and Tourist Park for 24 years,
Ms Cocking has just received a prestigious Local Legend award from the
City of Mandurah for her contributions to the local community.
"It is quite a surprise as there are many others so much more deserving,
but Iím really honoured to receive such an accolade," she told Caravanning
Ms Cocking, company director of Experience Holiday Parks, was joined by
family and friends to accept the award at a recent council meeting.
She and husband Regis are also owners of the Experience Lancelin Holiday
Park which they are refurbishing into an iconic tourist destination.
It boasts the largest jumping pillow in WA,
state-of-the-art nautical playground and a 25m indoor swimming pool
thought to be the largest of its type in WA and possibly Australia.
I thoroughly enjoy
working closely with industry members
Ms Cocking is in her second term as a member
of the Caravan Industry Association of Australia's board.
"I thoroughly enjoy working closely with industry members and stakeholders
to ensure our industry is recognised as professional, robust and
proactive," she said.
"There is no doubt the current sitting members have diverse skills,
experience and knowledge which contributes to a dynamic and formidable
national industry board.
"However, I believe I help to represent the various regional small
businesses that comprise our industry across 90 percent of Australia."
Ms Cocking has spent a considerable time both personally and
professionally working extensively with small businesses in WA.
She said she now has the opportunity to apply her skillset more broadly at
the national level for the caravanning industry.
"My strongest suit is my political experience in lobbying and advocacy on
behalf of businesses for all levels of government," she explained.
"This experience has been recognised by David Eaton, the WA Small Business
Commissioner, our local MP David Templeman ‒ who
is also a State Government Minister ‒ and Mayor
of Mandurah Rhys Williams, all of whom have agreed to support me as
Mayor Williams told her: "Your tireless
commitment and drive to growing Mandurah's tourism sector through your
involvement with the Caravan Industry Association of Australia and to
supporting local business in your role as president of the Peel Chamber of
Commerce and Industry make you a truly worthy Local Legend.
"There is no doubt our community is a better place because of your passion
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