There are two winners of the Top Tourist Parks of Australia Hugh Diedrich Award, Barbara and Phillip Camm of Swan Hill Riverside Caravan Park.
Over 25 years the Camms have been 100 per cent committed to making Top Tourist Parks better.
The Top Tourist Parks of Australia's Hugh Diedrich Award is not easily earned and is given only at the discretion of the TTP board. Hugh Diedrich put it in a nutshell There is little difference in people but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.
Top Tourist Parks of Australia CEO Bill Pycroft said the Hugh Diedrich Award recognizes exceptional effort over the long-haul for the benefit of Top Tourist Park members.
Past winnners of the Hugh Diedrich Award are - Frank and Christian Edwards, Bill Gribble, Des and Jan Fallshaw, Bill Pycroft, Graham Wallace, Richard Davis and now Phillip and Barbara Camm.
Phillip and Barbara where honoured yesterday at the Top Tourist Parks conference at Jupiters on the Gold Coast. The Top Tourist Parks of Australia commitment to customer service over the years also helped boost the Camm's Murray Riverside park to a win in the Swan Hill Regional Business Awards for Excellence, as well as a TV feature role in The Great Outdoors, Postcards and Coxys Big Break.
Barb and Phil bought Hay Caravan park in 1986 and joined Top Tourist Parks of Australia in 1989.
In 1991 Hugh Deidrich persauded Phil to be treasurer of TTP. Phil had no accounting background in fact Barbara did the park books. Phil had been a butcher, the same as Richard Davis which suggest maybe that is a good base for a treasurer?
Phil computerised TTP accounts and history confirms that he got it right.
But with Phil full-on with TTP Barb looked after their caravan park.
Then Phil tried flying from a tree and smashed his ankle. So Barb added cranky crock to her management portfolio and kept the park bubbling.
Barb and Phil sold the Hay park and moved to Swan Hill. Jenny and Hugh Diedrich moved from Mildura to Echuca and an already close relationship became even closer.
In 1998 Phillip stepped down as TTP Treasurer as he believed the role required someone better versed in formal accounting. When Hugh died in April 2001 from bowel cancer Barbara and Phillip steppedin and supported Jenny and her two boys both personally and on a business level.
Both Barbara and Phillip have provided invaluable mentoring and assistance to many other TTP members.
They plan to leave Swan Hill in July and will likely step away from the industry.