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June 2017


April Whiston

April Whiston: super proud

Destined to 'influence the future'

Industry's 'Mrs Caravan Park'
wins Future Leaders accolade

By Dennis Amor
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APRIL Whiston has been voted the caravan park industry's most impressive young leader.

General manager of her family-owned 494-site Merool on the Murray caravan park at Moama in NSW, April received the Future Leaders Award at the recent Caravan Industry Association of Australia national conference on the Gold Coast.

The accolade recognises young people aged under 40 deemed to be destined to influence the industry in the future.

As the 2017 Future Leader, April receives up to $15,000 towards industry study or professional development.

She will also have the opportunity to attend a Caravan Industry Association of Australia national board meeting to observe and provide input into important industry discussions.

April is the sole founder of Cabin Connect, Australia's newest digital platform enabling sellers, buyers and manufacturers of holiday and residential cabins to connect online.

She is also the blogger behind the popular Mrs Caravan Park website.

Future Leader finalists, from left, Stephen Edwards, Amanda Ferguson, Rob Gallagher, Michael McIvor

Future Leader finalists, from left, Stephen Edwards, Amanda Ferguson, Rob Gallagher, Michael McIvor
and Daniel Tilton

As a youth ambassador for the industry, April hopes to establish a reputable career path for school leavers interested in tourism.

She believes a hands-on training program, accompanied by a structured TAFE course, would provide skills and experience to youth that would enable them to enter a growing industry that can afford to pay satisfying salaries.

The mother of three young children said she and her husband had enjoyed a "tumultuous time" in the business.

"To have achieved the things we've achieved and to be recognised with this award, I'm super proud of us as a team," she said.

"The industry has such a bright future and I couldn't think of a better industry to be a part of."

She described the other finalists as "passionate, talented and intelligent" individuals.

They were Rob Gallagher (Adventures Group Holdings chief executive), Daniel Tilton (Next Generation Holiday Parks chief executive), Michael McIvor (Broken Hill Tourist Park operations manager), Amanda Ferguson (Discovery Parks investment analysist) and Stephen Edwards (Edwards Group chief executive).

"Hearing from some great speakers and networking with other young people in our industry was an invaluable experience," April said.

"I strongly encourage all those under 40 in the caravan industry to come along in 2018."

April has a university degree majoring in nursing and a post graduate certificate in wound care and stomal therapy.

Before becoming general manager of the family park three years ago, she was a clinical nurse specialist.


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