Millions poured into local dams

Copeton Dam
Copeton Dam

TWO of the region’s most popular camping destinations are set to benefit from their fair share of funding in a $11.5 million windfall for inland holiday parks.

Lake Keepit State Park and Copeton Waters State Park are two of seven parks in inland NSW that will receive the funding for upgrades to utilities.

The forecast amount for the parks hasn’t been decided yet, according to newly enlisted NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust chief executive officer Steve Edmonds.

But what he could say to The Leader was that both local spots would receive a “significant proportion of that funding”.

Mr Edmonds was in the area this week as part of a tour of the Crown holiday parks, his first since he took on the role about four months ago.

The parks trust was formed one year ago and is in the process of joining 34 holiday parks on the coast and inland under the one banner. 

“Part of what the trust is doing now is looking at the parks and how we can upgrade them,” Mr Edmonds said.

“The first process is looking at the three elements for each park: the need for water upgrades, sewer and electrical.

“The money over the next two years will be spent on all inland water parks to improve our utilities and capacity in the parks.”

Mr Edmonds said the next stage for the trust was to develop a 10-year strategic plan for the trust and a masterplan for the development of all 34 parks. 

While his visit was purely for business, Mr Edmonds said he had admired the local scenery at Lake Keepit. “It’s a very beautiful spot,” he said.

“I can see that the waterway, at full capacity, would attract a lot of people here.

“I think these parks are an important asset to local communities and that’s why we’re keen to work with the local council and chamber of commerce, and look at where we’re headed in terms of a position of growth, and the cities from a tourism point and where we can fit into that.”


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