'Holidaymakers and residents will benefit'

'Specialist managers' take over the Coraki Riverside caravan park reins

Coraki Riverside Caravan Park Have your say

AFTER being managed by several publicans, Richmond Valley Councilís highly-regarded Coraki Riverside Caravan Park and Camping Grounds in NSW is now in the hands of "specialist managers".

Tuckurimba residents Peter and Maureen Baker, who have a strong track record in motel and caravan park management, recently took over the reins after a competitive expressions of interest process earlier this year.

According to council general manager Vaughan Macdonald, holidaymakers and residents will benefit from the caravan park ‒ a member of the Kui Parks chain ‒ being operated by specialist managers.

Mr Macdonald said the park's management would work with the Discover Richmond Valley team and local businesses to maximise the returns to the community from visitors staying and visiting Coraki.

He said providing a high-quality service to encourage visitors to return time and again was key to boosting the local Coraki economy.

"The Coraki Riverside Caravan Park has been managed by three different Coraki publicans over the past five years, and it was time to put in place a more structured agreement to ensure its long-term sustainability," Mr Macdonald said.

"The caravan park is in a unique location along the Richmond and Wilson rivers, which attracts many visitors, and now has the potential to bring even more to our beautiful part of the world.

Changes will enable quick recovery from COVID pandemic

"We are confident the ongoing changes and improvements being implemented in Coraki and other areas of the Richmond Valley will enable our area to recover quickly once we move through the COVID-19 health pandemic for the benefit of businesses and the community.

"Council would like to thank previous manager Ron Macdonald for his management these past two years."

The Bakers said they were looking forward to partnering with local businesses to create unique experiences where visitors could make lasting memories.

"We know visitors come here to enjoy the ambience of the town, so we will be mindful of working closely with council and the community to make sure the visitor experience is second to none," Mr Baker said.

Mr Macdonald said the park had gone through a much-needed makeover, with the council investing substantially in landscaping the grounds, upgrading the power supply, fixing drainage issues, sealing the internal road and marketing the park to a much wider audience.

"We also completed works along the riverfront, including a pathway, seven new table and chair settings, new BBQ, a retaining wall, the installation a new pontoon and jetty, as well as an upgrade of the beach area and boat ramp," he said.

"The park is a mainstay of Coraki's tourism industry. Last year we received almost $600,000 from the Federal Government to build a new amenities block, which will only add to the quality of stay."

Mr Macdonald said the caravan park and its adjoining facilities on the foreshore of the Richmond River are key features in Council's pursuit of the development of tourism opportunities within the local area.

He said the caravan park would continue to provide affordable accommodation.


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