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Take a bow Gus you made a difference

January 11, 2014
Take a bow Gus you made a difference

Noel 'Gus' Guthrie (74) passed away quietly in Albury on Saturday morning following complications after a stoke a few days earlier.ContACT Internet Solutions and its road tourism industry shopwindow websites GoSeeAustralia and GoSeeNewZealand hold his contribution to the caravanningindustry and road tourism in Australia and New Zealand in the highest regard.

Noel Guthrie of the Trans-Tasman caravan Park chain Family Parks was award the Eric HaymanAward for Excellence in March 2008. The peak industry awards key criteria demands that therecipient makes a contribution which is a national service to the Australian caravan, camping andtourism industry.

Gus, as he is known to industry colleagues, more than met the awards demanding criteria. Hiscontribution included leading Family Parks from 45 caravans parks to more than 212 in Australia andNew Zealand.

A totally surprised Guthrie got a standing ovation as he stepped up to receive the award from JimHayman who presented the plaque which honours his father. Eric Hayman was President of the CTIA(Victoria) for 17 years and also president of the Caravan and Recreational Vehicle Council ofAustralia.

In August 2007 Guthrie retired as Family Parks CEO. He left the chain in amazing shape. When Gus took on the job the Trans-Tasman chain had 45 caravan parks.

At his retirement Family Parks had 212 member parks. For Gus (your correspondent has rarely heardhis christening name Noel used) the satisfaction of this success is based in effort which started as alabour of love and grew under the Guthrie touch.

It was typical of Gus Guthrie that in the week that his efforts as CEO were honoured at a'surprise' farwell in Albury, NSW, he signed three new member Family Parks. He said he decided toretire because he noted he, now and again, got a little grumpy.

Funeral details: The funeral will be held this Wednesday (Jan 15) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Mate St, North Albury commencing at 11am. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made at

Family Parks said: Gus had been a great inspiration to the caravanning and camping industry, especially here at Family Parks. Gus was the first General Manager/CEO and along with establishing Family Parks in Australia, he steered the development of our group across the Tasmanincreasing our size from 40 to over 180, ensuring that Family Parks are one of the industrys leading park groups.

As an instrumental leader with Family Parks, an industry stalwart and wonderful contributor, Gus will be sadly missed.

A tribute from the Caravan RV and Accommodation Industry of Australia said;
CRVA would like to pay tribute to Noel Patrick (Gus) Guthrie, who sadly passed last week, following a stroke.
A friend to the caravanning and camping industry, Gus as CEO, steered the development of the Trans-Tasman Family Parks Chain from 45 parks to over 200 at its peak, with the Chain continuing to be one of the industrys leading park groups today. He also headed up an advertising agency which included for several years managing the production and advertising for the CIA WA Guide.
For services to the industry, Gus was awarded the industrys highest honour, the Eric Hayman Award for Excellence in 2007.An industry stalwart and wonderful contributor, Gus will be sadly missed.
On behalf of the CRVA Board, staff, members, and contributors we extend our sincere condolences to the Guthrie family.

Here are a representative few of the Information Articles from the GoSee free library which reflect Family Parks and the Gutherie era:

Gus  with FP life  members Peter Macdonald (l) and Kel Arnott. (r)
Gus with FP life members Peter Macdonald (l) and Kel Arnott. (r)