The Awards of Excellence were part of the three day CCIA annual conference July 17 to 19 held for members by the Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW. The 2007 CCIA Conference is recorded as the biggest held by the Association in over 17 years.
Themed, New Directions Critical Issues for Your Business Future, the 2007 Conference served as a forum for member discussion and networking.
Topics covered at the 2007 CCIA Annual Conference included: business succession planning, a changes to superannuation, the importance of customer service, the marketing futures of the caravan and camping industry, keeping up with change, and discussion of industry issues and projections.
left Laurie O'Shea from Holiday Hub with John Bates from Tourism NSW
The Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW (CCIA) awarded 13 parks, manufacturers and dealers for outstanding business practice.
Award winners include:
Trainee of the Year Park, Carole Duckett (Easts Narooma Shores Holiday Park, Narooma).
Trainee of the Year Trade, Jordan Biggs (Winnebago, Emu Plains).
Business Most Committed to Training ParkEasts Narooma Shores Holiday Park (Narooma).
Business Most Committed to Training Trade Trakka (Mt. Kuring-gai).
Best Manufactured Home Village Pine Needles Estate (Erina).
Best Caravan Park Residential Section South West Rocks Tourist Park The Rocks Village (South West Rocks).
Trade Business of the Year Metropolitan Sydney Tow-Ed (Prospect).
Commendation: Trakka (Mt. Kuring-gai).
Certificate of Recognition: Freedom Off Road (Penrith).
Trade Business of the Year Regional NSW Australian Motorhomes (Bennetts Green).
Commendation: Splendour Homes Alvannex (Batemans Bay).
Best South Coast Caravan Park 3 to 4 Stars Easts Narooma Shores Holiday Park (Narooma).
Left Terry Sainty from MHIA with Carole Duckett from Easts Narooma HP
Commendation: Broulee Beach Holiday Park (Broulee).
Best North Coast Caravan Park 3 to 4 Stars.
Trial Bay Eco Tourist Park (South West Rocks).
Commendation: Emerald Beach Holiday Park (Emerald Beach).
Best Inland Caravan Park 3 to 4 Stars Capital Country Holiday Village (Sutton).
Best Holiday Park/Resort 3 to 4 Stars Trial Bay Eco Tourist Park (South West Rocks).
Commendation: Big 4 Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park (Narrabeen).
Best Holiday Park/Resort 4 to 5 Stars Holiday Hub Beach Resort (Pambula Beach).
Cleaning Up Australia Trade Gumnut Awards:
Environmental ambassador and Chairman of Clean Up Australia, Ian Kiernan, partnered with the Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW (CCIA) to launch the Trade Gumnut Awards at the CCIAs Annual Conference.
Left Tony Stuart CEO NRMA with Diane and Phillip Easts from Easts Narooma HP
These awards are a fantastic way to show that the caravan and camping industry are committed to being part of the environmental solution, rather than the problem. It shows that parks and businesses of the industry are taking responsibility for our environment and changing the behaviour of tourists to protect and preserve the environment for the future, Ian Kiernan said.
The CCIA has initiated the Trade Gumnut Awards to emphasise environmental sustainability with its 130 Trade and Associate members who are primarily dealers or manufacturers of caravans, motorhomes and camping gear, or service providers.
The Gumnut Awards is a certification program which recognises a demonstrated (and progressive) commitment to environmental sustainability and social responsibility.
The Gumnut Awards have been adopted by 45 per cent of CCIAs park membership. CCIAs aim is to lead the way for other State Associations across Australia to adopt the Gumnut Awards.
Since 2002 when The Gumnut Awards were first introduced to our members, over 170 holiday and tourist parks have taken up the challenge to assess how their parks can provide a positive environmental impact for the benefit of tourists and future generations, Barry Baillie, CEO, CCIA NSW said.
Mark Wright from STC with John and Lynette Eggenhuizen from Tow Ed
After consideration of the issues faced by dealers, manufacturers and suppliers to promote environmental sustainability, applications and criteria have been developed for Trade and Businesses in the Caravan and Camping Industry for achieve a Bronze Gumnut Award.
This will be the basis of the initial self-assessment by Trade members, to be desk audited by the University of Western Sydney.
We believe that our trade members can also contribute to the preservation of the environment and we are committed to driving greater environmental sensitivity across all sectors of the caravan and camping industry, Barry Baillie said.
The categories for the Trade Bronze Gumnut Award are:
Site Presentation Aspect
Air Noise Pollution
Responsible Business Practices
Safety Emergency Response Planning
To be eligible for Bronze, applicants must satisfy at least two criteria / benchmarks per category. To progress beyond Bronze, businesses must develop an Integrated Environmental Management Plan, following guidelines provided. Gold recognizes evidence of a significant level of achievement of the Plan, and is subject to a site inspection.
The Gumnut Awards are based on the successful (Professor) David Bellamy Conservation Awards for caravan parks in the UK. The program has been developed in conjunction with the University of Western Sydneys (UWS) Environmental Management and Tourism group.
Stephen Pearson from Australian Senior with Earl Emerson Hayley Crossingham from South West Rocks Village
Stephen Pearson from Australian Senior with Glenness Rowe, Pine Needles