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Outstanding Lakesea Park NSW responsible solutions earn inaugural Environmental Excellence Award

July 26, 2007
Outstanding Lakesea Park NSW responsible solutions earn inaugural Environmental Excellence Award

The inaugural Department of Lands 'Environmental Excellence' Award was won by Lakesea Park (South Durras) at the recent Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW's (CCIA) Awards of Excellence.

Warwick Watkins, Director General, Department of Lands, presented Lakesea Park with the award at the Gala Dinner Presentation at Crowne Plaza Terrigal. Lakesea Park also achieved a CCIA Gold Gumnut Award which was also presented at the Awards ceremony.

The Department of Lands Environmental Excellence Award is presented to a caravan or holiday park that has made an outstanding contribution to protecting the environment and is a demonstrated leader in environmental excellence within the CCIA. The award will be presented annually at the CCIAs prestigious Awards of Excellence event.

The CCIA is pleased to partner with the Department of Lands to recognise members for their commitment to the preservation of our environment through best business practice. Environmental excellence within the caravan and camping industry ensures that we are part of the solution to combat climate change and positively impact on our environment, Barry Baillie, CEO, Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW (CCIA) said.

Lakesea Park is located on a Crown Land lease, a peninsular between the ocean and New South Wales most pristine lake - Durras Lake, and is surrounded by Murramarang National Park.

Lakesea Park won the Department of Lands Environmental Excellence Award for managements significant contribution to protect the environment by improving native habitat areas and weed eradication programs to protect endangered fauna; educating guests through signage and fauna and flora ID leaflets; consideration of the environment with the designs of new cabins, landscaping projects, water and energy saving initiatives, a state of the art sewerage treatment plant; waste reduction strategies; and working with the community to protect and enhance the South Durras environment.

Alan Evans from NRMA with Tony Mayne from Trial Bay Eco Tourist Park
Alan Evans from NRMA with Tony Mayne from Trial Bay Eco Tourist Park

Lakesea Park also achieved Gold Gumnut status which reflects that the park is building on environmental strengths and significantly improving where environmental focus was a priority. Lakesea Park has achieved Gold status due to its strong commitment to sustainable initiatives to protect the surrounding environment to benefit the park, staff and community.

The CCIA Awards of Excellence are designed to celebrate the successes of the caravan and camping industry and the members who are promoting tourism excellence in this sector of the tourism industry.

For over 20 years the CCIAs Awards of Excellence have recognised excellence in service and product offerings of the caravan and camping industry in New South Wales. The caravan and camping industry is integral in promoting domestic travel and progression of tourism across the state.

The growth of our industry is hinged on our members going the extra mile to increase professionalism, standards and customer service for the general touring public. It is this commitment to progress that drives more people to our industry to experience the great touring lifestyle, Barry Baillie said.

left David Harris from K- Mac Powerheads with Stephen Lindsay from Capital Country
left David Harris from K- Mac Powerheads with Stephen Lindsay from Capital Country

Thirteen caravan parks, manufacturers and dealers were recognised for outstanding business practice and a commitment to develop the caravan and camping industry at the Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner.

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 David Harris from K-Mac Powerheads and David Wallace from Trakka
Left David Harris from K-Mac Powerheads and David Wallace from Trakka

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 Laurie OShea from Holiday Hub with John Bates from Tourism NSW
left Laurie O'Shea from Holiday Hub with John Bates from Tourism NSW

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 Terry Sainty from MHIA with Carole Duckett from Easts Narooma HP
Left Terry Sainty from MHIA with Carole Duckett 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.

Left Tony Stuart CEO NRMA with Diane and Phillip Easts from Easts Narooma HP
Left Tony Stuart CEO NRMA with Diane and Phillip Easts from Easts Narooma HP

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

Water Conservation

Water Pollution

Energy Efficiency

Air Noise Pollution

Solid Waste

Responsible Business Practices

Work Practices

Local Community

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.

Mark Wright from STC with John and Lynette Eggenhuizen from Tow Ed
Mark Wright from STC with John and Lynette Eggenhuizen from Tow Ed
Stephen Pearson from Australian Senior with Earl Emerson Hayley Crossingham from South West Rocks Village
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
Stephen Pearson from Australian Senior with Glenness Rowe, Pine Needles
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