It is with great pleasure that Dungog Shire Council announces that the Williams River Holiday Park at Clarence Town is reopening for this Easter.
The Park – which was closed in February in response to a range of regulatory and compliance matters – is an important and long established part of the Clarence Town community and news of the closure came as a great shock to many local residents and businesses.
In announcing the reopening the Mayor of Dungog, Cr Tracy Norman, acknowledged the concerns felt but reiterated that the closure had been a necessary step in light of the significant risk to visitors, the Council and the community generally that the Park presented.
She said, “It is with great pleasure that I announce that the Williams River Holiday Park is reopening for the Easter holiday trade. The Park is a widely loved asset and for many years it has been our Shire’s single largest provider of visitor accommodation space.
Unfortunately,” she added, “the Park had been allowed to become non-compliant and critical requirements in relation to fire safety, other regulatory matters and issues of statutory approval had not been addressed. The temporary closure process was therefore an absolute necessity and Council both understands and regrets the pain that the step may have caused.”
Dungog Shire Council has moved as quickly as possible to address the deficiencies present within the Park. Fire hose reels have been installed, individual water taps are in place for all sites and necessary approvals have been sought. The Park on its smaller footprint is fully compliant and a consultancy report has been commissioned to assist Council plan for its longer term future.
Sixty three sites are now available with the majority of these located on the scenic riverside area adjacent to the Williams River. A substantial number of sites for major events will also become available at various times through the year and it is planned to pursue additional primitive camping sites on the Wharf Reserve in Clarence Town.
In summing up, Cr Norman stated, “The last few weeks have been difficult for both Council and the community. We now look forward to working with the residents and businesses of Clarence Town in welcoming visitors to the Holiday Park and in increasing its contribution to our local economy.”
Cr Tracy Norman