It will be in good hands, says mayor

New managers appointed to operate
one of the nation's oldest caravan parks

Glen Cromie Caravan Park Have your say

CLAIMED to be one of the nation's oldest caravan parks, Victoria's 120-site Glen Cromie Caravan Park is under new management.

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 management."

“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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