Commencing on the Eatster long Weekend, Dungog Shire Council made available additional camping spaces at the WilIiams River Holiday Park. This action by Council took the total number of sites available at the Park to 63 and included 37 sites in the riverside camping ground.
A report is now to be prepared for Council's consideration at an Extraordinary Meeting to be held on 26 June, 2019. This report will examine the longer term future of the Holiday Park.
A number of options are available to Council in regard to operations at Williams River Caravan Park. These options include, but are not Iimited to, temporary camping for major events such as the Hoedown, primitive camping at Wharf Reserve and additional self-contained RV/caravan sites in the riverside area at Bridge Reserve.
CounciI has access to two major pieces of consultancy research to help it consider the options that are avaiIable. These consultancy studies comprise the AEC Group 2104 review into Iow cost, short term visitor accommodation options in Dungog Shire and the 2019 SMA Tourism Williams River Holiday Park feasibility study. I would like to point out that neither of these reports have been adopted by Council, nor do they represent the views of Council. The Council will be considering the content of the reports in their decision making.
CounciI is holding two consultation activities to gain further information from the community and in preparation for the June Ordinary Meeting. The first wilI be a two hour drop in "ideas session" to be held at the Clarence Towm School of Arts from 5 pm to 7 pm on Thursday 13 June 2019. Thie second will be a consultation session with the Clarence Town Progress Association.
The feasibility studies
It is important to note that both of the consultancy reports are feasibility studies that indicate what could be done rather than business pIans which say what is to be done. Council has not adopted the approach of either report in regard to the WilIiams River Holiday Park and is Iooking to community feed back for ideas. This is particularly the case because the reports offer very different perspectives on the opportunities that are avaiIable. It is also possible that there may be better options than those already identified.
CounciI is committed to the best possible outcome in regard to the Holiday Park for Clarence Town and the wider visitor economy of our region. CounciI therefore Iooks forward to hearing from you to assist in devising a way forward that matches Iocal community aspirations, state agency compliance requirements, council's capacity to resource infrastructure upgrades and the commercial realities of running a major tourism facility.
This feedback form provides an opportunity to provide Council with information on the range of options that are avaiIable to us in regard to the Holiday Park. Your assistance in responding to its questions and, in doing so positively contributing to Council's consideration of the Pank's future, wilI be greatly appreciated.
Please mail or email your feedback to Council by Friday 14 June 2019. Mail and email information is provided at the end of the form.