Port Albert caravan park placed in receivership

THE once popular Seabank Caravan Park at the Old Port, Port Albert, has gone into receivership.

The park has for a number of years failed to comply with council regulations regarding sanitation, health and fire safety requirements, and while a number of operators have made attempts to find the means to bring the park up to required standards, Wellington Shire Council withdrew the park’s operating permit in October.

As reported in Friday’s Gippsland Times, the closure of the park, the only one in close proximity to Port Albert, has dealt a blow to the significant number of campers and fishers who had in past years frequented the park when it was in better condition, and who added significantly to the economy of Port Albert and Yarram.

Ivan Glavas and Nathan Deppeler of Worrells Solvency and Forensic Accountants were appointed voluntary administrators of Old Port Road Pty Ltd on December 4.

Mr Glavas was also appointed as liquidator of Bradanna Pty Ltd, trading as the Port Albert Seabank Caravan Park.

The park’s insolvency was escalated by COVID19 pandemic restrictions, where annual park holders and casuals were unable to access the park intermittently throughout this period.

A building rectification order issued by Wellington Shire Council, which also prohibited caravan park operations unless the defects were rectified, compounded this.

Issued on September 11, the notice gave the park owners 30 days to meet significant health and safety requirements in order to continue operating – in particular, fire safety requirements needed to be put in place and onsite wastewater needed to be significantly upgraded.

That deadline was not met, so the lease was not renewed, the council told the Gippsland Times earlier this year.

“Unfortunately, this forced the director and members to appoint external administrators to deal with the insolvent position of the companies,” Mr Deppeler said.

“We are now in the process of seeking to sell the property and-or the business to hopefully give this beautiful property a new lease on life.”

There were no park employees at the time of the insolvency appointment, as contractors were engaged to assist in running the caravan park.

Worrells advised the administration was in its infancy and its teams were working hard to assess and determine all aspects of the business position and operations.

Speaking on behalf of Port Albert Progress Association, Sharon Radon said the group was “sorry to hear of the predicament that Corrina and Geoff find themselves in with regards to the closure of Seabank Caravan Park”.

“The Seabank Caravan Park is one of only a few coastal caravan parks in the area and will be a great loss not only to the local community but also the tourism industry within Wellington Shire,” she said.

“We hope that there can be a resolution to the issues so this great asset can be operational again.”

Customers, creditors, and any parties interested in submitting an offer for the caravan park property and business or its assets are invited to email melbourne@worrells.net.au Proofs of debt can be lodged via the Worrells website.