Future management of Macleay Valley Coastal Holiday Parks confirmed

Media statement - 3 March 2017

A decision on the future management of Kempsey Shire Council’s five Macleay Valley Coastal Holiday Parks was reached on Wednesday night.

Council, as the Reserve Trust Manager responsible for the parks at Horseshoe Bay, Crescent Head, Grassy Head, Stuarts Point and Hat Head, considered tender submissions received from three companies for management of the parks. Australian Tourist Park Management (ATPM) were named as the successful tenderer.

The contract will establish a new style of management, which offers a 10 year term and requires the managing company to invest $1 million towards a major capital works program over five years, while having responsibility for the daily operations and maintenance.

Mayor Liz Campbell said it was not an easy decision for Council to not award the tender to the incumbent company that has managed the parks for the past six years.

“This was not a decision that Council made lightly and we debated for a number of hours, before reaching a unanimous position.

“We thank the Macleay Valley Coast Holiday Parks management team and are very appreciative of the business and revenue improvements they have achieved since taking over in 2011.

“In ultimately deciding to award the tender to ATPM, who currently manage over 30 parks throughout Australia, Council recognised an opportunity to tap into this company’s scale, experience, systems and capacities,” said Cr Campbell.

In debating the awarding of the tender, Council noted the five holiday parks are a major part of the Macleay Valley’s tourism sector that create lasting impressions of the area and can influence population, business and investment.

“This decision, while difficult, is about recognising the potential of our holiday parks by partnering with a company who will be charged with taking them through the next stage of growth and development,” concluded Cr Campbell.