Thursday, May 30, 2024

Alpine Shire reopens park three years after wastewater issues forced its closure

Victoria’s Alpine Shire Council is celebrating the reopening of Tawonga Tourist Park, three years after it was closed due to critical wastewater management issues. 

Having taken formal management of the site from Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA), the Council has now completed extensive infrastructure works to ensure the park meets requirements to operate. 

Mayor, John Forsyth said works had included new sewer infrastructure, as well as electrical and fire services. 

“The Park is now connected to the North East Water sewerage network, and electrical services, including pole mounted transfers, switch boards and in-ground cabling, have all been upgraded,” he said. 

“We’ve also installed new fire protection infrastructure, such as fire hydrants, an in-ground water supply, fire water tank and hose reel.” 

Mayor Forsyth said that while most of the works had been completed underground, visitors to the park will see revamped streetlighting, a refurbished camp kitchen and renovated amenity blocks. 

“They’ll also notice a new driveway, park entrance and carpark, and of course the brand new park administration building, which encompasses an office, public toilet, and retail and cafe space,” he said. 

“We are very excited to see the park welcoming guests once again this week, and look forward to celebrating with locals and visitors alike at the official reopening on Friday, 14 April.” 

The project has been made possible with funding from the Victorian Government and the support of DEECA. 

New park operator, BelgraviaPRO, is also busy upgrading the existing cabins, and will invest over $2 million into park infrastructure over the term of the lease, including new cabins, a playground, bike storage, glamping and other capital works. 

Holiday Park Manager, Mark Giles said BelgraviaPRO was proud to be the new operator of Tawonga Tourist Park. 

“We are pleased with the work that has been done so far and are excited to continue enhancing the park’s facilities and amenities,” he said. 

“We are committed to ensuring that guests have a memorable and enjoyable stay at Tawonga Tourist Park, and we look forward to being a part of the community for years to come.”  

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