It will be in good
hands, says mayor
appointed to operate
one of the nation's oldest caravan
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CLAIMED to be one of the nation's oldest
caravan parks, Victoria's 120-site Glen Cromie Caravan Park is under new
And, according to Baw Baw Shire Mayor Cr Danny Goss, the council-owned
tourist park - founded in 1890 and set on 35 acres
- will be in good hands.
"As a popular attraction for locals and visitors to the region we look
forward to seeing this asset improve, offering a high standard of
accommodation year-round," he said.
New leaseholders Mary and Mark Shattock were appointed following an
extensive expressions-of-interest campaign overseen by CRE Business
Brokers on behalf of the council.
The eight submissions received were considered by the council at its 10
June meeting when concerns were raised concerning the process undertaken
by the authority.
An independent external audit of the lease-awarding process found there
were adequate records and evidence to support the decision to award the
lease to the Shattocks, who received the highest score of 91 percent in
the internal and independent scoring matrix.
'We made a decision
in the best interests
of our community'
"The audit of the submission process provided
council with extra information to ensure we made a decision in the best
interests of our community," Cr Mikaela Power said.
The Shattocks have lived and worked in the region for the past 30 years
and plan to carry out a range of improvements throughout the park,
including upgrading the amenities as soon as practicable.
Glen Cromie was originally established on the Crown land reserve adjacent
to the Tarago River, but in 1945 two parcels either side of the reserve
were acquired by the shires of Warragul and Buln Buln.
The park offers 60 powered and 60 unpowered sites, along with a popular
day visitor area.
Cr Keith Cook said caravan parks throughout Victoria had "been doing it
tough" due to COVID-19.
"However, I believe as we get through this situation our tourism industry
will be stronger than ever," he said.
"Glen Cromie is a gem in a valley and will continue to prosper under new
“The audit of the submission process provided Council with extra
information to ensure we made a decision in the best interests of our
community, and recommendations to continue to improve our processes. I
wish the new operators every success at Glen Cromie Caravan Park.”
Cr Michael Leaney said that it was "very important" to have good managers
in place for the future of the shire's tourism.
"We look forward to seeing Glen Cromie go from strength-to-strength to
deliver a great experience for visitors to our hire," he said.
Meanwhile, Cr Tricia Jones said the Shattocks had a proven track record
which provided the council with a "strong level of assurance" that the
park would be professionally managed and well-maintained.
"The 21-year lease also represents additional revenue for council, while
improving a highly valued community asset."
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