Tenterfield Lodge Caravan Park's camp kitchen
after a 'hell of a year'
'Come visit us' plea after
Nature savages NSW town
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CARAVAN parks and other accommodation
providers in NSW's New England region are still suffering after copping "a
hell of a year" from Mother Nature.
Tenterfield Lodge Caravan Park, a member of the Kui chain, reports that
tourism remains slow on the back of severe drought, fires and water
"The publicity has really hurt the whole town," the caravan park's Barry
O'Connor told Caravanning News.
"Tourism is a major income resource and the effect on our park has seen
occupancy across cabins and sites well down, with powered sites fall from
60 percent to just over 30 percent.
"Tenterfield is not looking for a hand-out but rather a hand-up ... and
the best hand-up caravanners can give is to come and stay a few days in
our wonderful town."
Mr O'Connor said there was much to see and do and visitors would be kept
"If you believed the news media the entire town was devastated by
bushfire. There were also claims that we were virtually out of water," he
"This, when coupled with the reporting on the drought, has painted as a
very bleak ‒ if untrue ‒ picture."
He said that while water was a precious commodity, guests to Tenterfield
always had water and this continued today.
"There was no danger to caravanners from the bushfires," he emphasised.
"We have fielded a number of calls as to whether caravanners were able to
stay in Tenterfield.
"We have always been able to say that we are open for business and guests
will be warmly welcomed."
Kui Parks managing director Bert van Spronsen commented: "I think many of
the towns on the New England Highway from
Murrurundi through to Tenterfield into Stanthorpe and
Warwick etc are being avoided and they desperately need to
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