New Seaspray Caravan Park officially open

THE first major piece of infrastructure delivered by a volunteer committee of management on behalf of the state government, the $4.5 million Seaspray Caravan Park was officially opened on Friday.

Officially opening the park, deputy premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan said the project was testament to the fabulous job the committee of management had done, contributing many hours of volunteer time.

“The caravan park is central to Seaspray’s economy, and this new facility has secured Seaspray’s future for the coming decades,” he said.

“This facility is a huge step forward for the township of Seaspray and the location of the new park will allow additional works to be undertaken to protect and strengthen the sand dunes at the former Seaspray Caravan Park site.”

Mr Ryan said the park, along with planned upgrades to the Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club, would be a focal point for tourism.

“The facilities here for the next generation will be second to none,” he said.

The new park includes two amenities blocks with disabled, parent and laundry facilities, a high quality camp kitchen and 239 fully-grassed sites with power, water and sewerage connections.

Located directly opposite the Ninety Mile Beach, the park will also include park cabins, a front office offering basic food and grocery supplies, CCTV surveillance, swipe card access, two playground areas and online bookings.

Seaspray Reserves Committee of Management chair David Nolan said the process had been a decade-long journey, but the past two years had involved the most work for the committee.

“I estimate that over 7000 hours of volunteer time has been devoted to this project over the past two years by John Morgan, Peter Lawrence, Diana Teo, Dan Rodaughan and myself.

“The committee has had to make many tough decisions along the way and it has not been an easy process to make those decisions and deal with community concerns flowing from them.”

Mr Nolan said all members of the committee of management were proud of the work they had contributed towards the new Seaspray Caravan Park.

“The members of the committee of management have spent thousands of hours to make this new park a reality from working with contractors and attending meetings on site, to researching suppliers and obtaining quotes,” he said.

“This is a project for the Seaspray community our contribution has ensured Seaspray has secured an ongoing source of income and a reason for visitors to stay, as well as going some way in helping to protect our precious dune system.”

Mr Nolan said the old park could not have survived.

“Funding for this project was approved just over five years ago,” he said.

“At the time Seaspray faced a situation where, had the project not been approved, the township would now have no caravan park.

“(The old park) did not comply with any current park regulations; its infrastructure needed to be totally replaced at a cost of millions of dollars and the CFA would not have granted permits for its continued occupancy.

“The impact on Seaspray not having a caravan park would have been huge.”

Sites at the Seaspray Caravan Park are now available for annual, seasonal and casual bookings.