Ashford Caravan Park upgrade secures $81,698 grant enabling modernisation of their facilities.
NATURE lovers flocking to Ashford to explore the spectacular waterways and limestone caves will be treated to a first-class camping experience, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall joining Inverell Shire Mayor Paul Harmon to announce an $81,689 grant to modernise facilities at Ashford Caravan Park.
The grant has been made available through the joint State and Federal Government funded Bushfire Community Resilience and Recovery Fund.
Mr Marshall said since the COVID-19 pandemic Ashford had become a hub for outdoor enthusiasts in search of an elusive Murray Cod and scenic National Parks.
“With 24 powered sites and connection to town water, the Ashford Caravan Park is a welcoming stop for travellers heading in and out of Queensland,” Mr Marshall said.
“In the past 12 months overnight visitation to Ashford Caravan Park has sky-rocketed by more than 20 per cent.
“With so much interest in the area, Inverell Shire Council is going to update the caravan park to encourage longer visitations.
“The priority of this project is to install wheelchair accessible laundry and amenities, so those with limited mobility have the opportunity to enjoy what the caravan park has to offer.
“A new barbecue area will also enhance the park’s family friendly atmosphere, giving campers a perfect space to kick-back and relax after a big day out.
“With Pindari Dam sitting at 100.3 per cent and the Kwiambal National Park experiencing its best season in years, there is no reason we can’t see visitation in Ashford continue to increase well after the pandemic ends.
“Long-term this will mean more money filling the tills of Ashford businesses and more traffic flowing through the wider Inverell Shire.”
Cr Harmon said the project would boost the economy of border communities in more ways than one.
“Ashford is located at the heart of many of our shire’s most popular tourist attractions and I’m sure these upgrades will be well received,” Cr Harmon said.
“Council is particularly excited that a builder based near Yetman has been engaged to complete the work and all materials are being sourced from our area.
“Both Pindari Dam and Copeton Dam are renowned for their Cod fishing. With upgraded accessible campsites near both water storages, Inverell will be strategically placed to promote itself as one of the premier fresh-water fishing regions in northern NSW.
“The pandemic has seen many more travellers exploring regional Australia and this project will help attract visitors and encourage them to spend dollars in the Ashford community.”
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