Caravan park open for bookings

The Batlow Caravan Park is open to the public after closing for a year for major works, with the council hoping to attract $5m in government funding for further upgrades.

The refurbished Batlow Caravan Park is now open to the public for caravan and camping visitors.

The newly upgraded park has nine powered sites suitable for caravans, motorhomes and tents, and over 40 more unpowered sites. The park features a new kitchen facility, individual bathrooms and a laundry for use by campers.

Snowy Valleys Council Mayor James Hayes said he was delighted to have the park open to the public again and that the upgrades would increase the park’s capacity and appeal to holidaymakers.

“Holidaymakers to our region deserve contemporary facilities which meet their needs and the new Batlow Caravan Park certainly delivers,” Cr Hayes said.

“The new vibrant facility is a boon for Batlow and will support tourism growth in our region as people begin to return to the area to support the town and surrounds again after the bushfires and Covid restrictions.”

The council allocated $723,000 from the the NSW government’s infrastructure fund – dished out as part of the council merger –  to undertake revitalisation works at the park and bring it back up to code.

Upgrade works included the clean-up and removal of dilapidated buildings, landscaping and the installation of new buildings including a new office building, new amenities with toilets, showers and laundry, and a new camp kitchen incorporating electric BBQ, sinks, food prep benches and an external eating area.

Roads into and around the park were also improved and a new boundary security fence was installed around the park.

In June last year when the council ordered residents out and shut off use to the public, the council had indicated the project would take about six months to complete. 

In January this year following the bushfires, the council  purchased and installed six cabins at the park as temporary accommodation solutions for local residents who were affected by the fires. Ray White Tumut has been engaged to attend to the ongoing management of the properties. It is intended that the cabins will transition to servicing accommodation needs for seasonal workers and visitors in the near future.

The council is also seeking $5 million in government funding via its 2020/21 Advocacy Plan to deliver additional cabins and dorm style accommodation at the park for seasonal and construction workers to help support local industries and recovery efforts in the region.

“Seasonal workers are essential to supporting the local horticultural and forest industries of Batlow and with much of the accommodation options, including a 100-bed backpacker establishment destroyed by the Dunns Road Bushfire, we need new options,” Cr Hayes said.

“The Batlow Caravan Park has space available to house an increased number of permanent accommodation options which will help support local industries and replace the important infrastructure destroyed by the fires.

“Beyond the ability to provide accommodation for residents in need, the upgrade of the Caravan Park and additional cabins will form an invaluable long-term asset by providing accommodation options for visitors and seasonal workers.”

Site bookings for the Batlow Caravan Park can be made via the Tumbarumba Caravan Park by calling 0437 722 697.