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February 2019


Local council focuses on increasing tourism

Rochester caravan park set for change

Cr Weston

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A CARAVAN park in the small north-central Victorian country town of Rochester is set for a change in name and management.

Campaspe Shire Council has announced it will hand Rochester Caravan Park back to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Mayor Adrian Weston said it was on Crown land and currently managed by the council and leased to a private operator.

The lease expired last year but the park has been operating on an interim arrangement with the lessee, he explained.

The council had recommended that the Rochester Recreation Reserve Committee of Management would be a suitable organisation to manage the park in the future.

"The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning accepted council's recommendation and has established a management arrangement with the committee of management," Cr Weston said.

"The current lessee will manage the park until the transition process is complete.

"Some long-term tenants have moved with the lessee to a new site and some are staying."

Cr Weston said the committee would focus on increasing the tourism market and rename the park Rochester Riverside Holiday Park.

The lessee will move off the site in the coming month, with the Rochester Recreation Reserve Committee appointed as the committee of management and taking over the park’s day-to-day operations and infrastructure.

"These new arrangements will be a great outcome for the Rochester community as the committee of management already manages the adjacent recreation reserve," he said.

"It will see the whole area under the responsibility of one manager with a keen focus on increasing visitation to the caravan park and the town."

The committee of management is developing a website for the park.

Future bookings can now be made with Bruce and Eileen Kilpatrick on 03 5484 1622 or 0473 222 030.


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