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As Black Saturday challenges emergency plan wisdom Traralgon caravan park buyers seminar goes hands-on

February 25, 2009
As Black Saturday  challenges emergency plan wisdom Traralgon caravan park buyers seminar goes hands-on

An effective caravan park Emergency Management Plan includes hydrants and nine hose reels which reach every corner of Traralgon's Park Lane Tourist Park, Manager Barry Stewart said today.

It is part of the smarten it up approach which makes Park Lane an Automobile Club four and a half star rated leader for the Top Tourist Parks chain of Australia.

Regular tests by the Country Fire Authority keep an independent check on this part of the Latrobe Valley, Victoria park's emergency response. Tanker support from Traralgon West CFA is based at the airport minutes from Park Lane.

Tomorrow and Thursday,March 18 to 19 a one and a half day Caravan Park Buyers Seminar at Park Lane Tourist Park is a break-even only to contribute to the industry and fill a training need and help others prepare themselves.

Park Lane manager Barry Stewart gets the big spa bubbling
Park Lane manager Barry Stewart gets the big spa bubbling

The Caravan Parks Buyers Seminar here at Park Lane is about practical skills. The people who will be here to help will provide a hands-on caravan park support program for owners, managers and anyone who wants to be well prepared to be a successful part of the industry, Barry Stewart said.

A succesful caravan park is about responding to change and challenges and change has arrived. After Black Saturday Feb 7 the fire storm which blasted Victoria challenges established bushfire survival wisdom.

Caravan parks, Department of Sustainability (DSE) Country Fire Authority (CFA), State Emergency Service (SES) police and survivors of towns which are now gone have faced an experience like no other before in Australia.

Personally I don't like the idea of guests fighting fires in general, Barry Stewart said.

My fire plan (if faced with a fire like Black Saturday, Feb 7) is to be gone, he said.

Park Lane has been home to big teams of South Australian fire-fighters in Victoria to help with the bushfire emergency.

They came from the Flinders Ranges, Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln, Port Pirie and Adelaide. There were 43 in two deployments made up of DSE staff and volunteers.

They handled the Churchill fire clean-up and now they have moved on to Kinglake., he said.

On the second day of the Caravan Park Buyers Seminar, Thursday March 19th an open forum allows direct discussion with presenters. Park Lane Tourist Park offers an optional 2 day hands on Management Course following the Seminar and details can be obtained at time of Caravan Park Buyers Seminar registration.

Park Lane Tourist Park is located at 5353 Princes Highway, Traralgon.Vic 3844

Bookings are essential. Contact Caravan Park Buyers Seminar Co-ordinator Helen Marshall on (03) 5176 0231. email: helenmarshall@live.com.au

There are limited vacancies to ensure small groups get maximum benefit from the one and a half day seminar.

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