Anglesea Family Caravan Park Tender

The current Anglesea Family Caravan Park 21 year Crown land lease expires in December 2017.

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee will take on the operation of the Anglesea Family Caravan Park at the end of the current, fixed-term lease, 1 December 2017, after a select tender process did not find a proposal for the value of the site.

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is holding a drop-in session about the future of the Anglesea Family Caravan Park.

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is a not-for-profit organisation that manages 37km of public land and coastline from Torquay to Lorne. It receives no recurrent funding from any level of government. All funds raised through leases, permits and park operations are invested back into the community and the coast. Camping dollars not only improve the parks but also support education and environmental works programs, which in turn help to protect the future of the Great Ocean Road coastal environment.

Independent probity advice on the Anglesea Family Caravan Park Expression of Interest determined that the negotiation process was “fair and reasonable”.

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee will now assume management of the park when the lease lapses in December 2017.

In making this decision, GORCC is committed to:

  • Maintaining the park to at least current standards, delivering a multi-million investment package back into the park.
  • GORCC will ensure no camper, visitor or permit holder will be disadvantaged at the time of transition.
  • Retaining what people love about the park – safe, secure and family-friendly.
  • Ensuring all surplus income will go back into the coastline and Anglesea projects.
  • Retaining local business and tourism arrangements and commit to full emplyment at the park - GORCC will meet with staff to discuss options.
  • High levels of customer service, ensuring a smooth transition period.

GORCC Chief Executive Officer Richard Davies said the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee will continue to ensure the best possible visitor experience at the park, protect the coastal environment and maintain its responsibility for ensuring the effective management on behalf of the Victorian Government, the community and visitors.

“GORCC will commence a comprehensive stakeholder engagement process, including a master plan for the park,” said Mr Davies.

“We will work closely with the community to ensure the future directions for the park and investment in the park and environment are in accordance with community, camper and visitor expectations.”

Mr Davies said the committee was committed to maintaining the site at current standards.

“At the time of change of management no current guests, campers and permit holders will be disadvantaged by the change,” said Mr Davies.

“The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is a not-for profit organisation. Funds generated through park operations will be going back into improvements at the park and to progress other coastal management projects such as improvements to Point Roadknight, as well as supporting and expanding our infrastructure, education programs and environmental protection works.”

Mr Davies said the committee extended its thanks to the existing lessees Errol and Trish Morris for managing the park during the current lease period.

Q and As

Why isn't there a new lease?

The tender process did not find an acceptable proposal. The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee has determined that the best result for campers, park and the community is for the park to be run by GORCC with fees going back into the park, environmental and education programs and other coastal projects.

What if I’ve already got a permit?

At the time of change of management no current guests, campers and permit holders will be disadvantaged by the change.  We will work closely with campers and the community during the transition period.

The current lease expires 1 December 2017. This process was conducted to ensure that regardless of the outcome there would be adequate time to ensure a customer-friendly transition period.

What was the tender process?

Given the size of the park and the probable interest from other parties in having an opportunity to take up the next lease, the committee decided in December 2014 to take the next lease to open or selective tender.

Unfortunately, the tender process did not find a proposal that was commercially acceptable and that appropriately valued the park.

As a result, the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee determined that the best result for campers, park and the community is for the park to be run by GORCC with funds going back into the park, environment and GORRC’s popular free education programs.

We are confident that the new model will see improvements to the park that will see benefits to visitors, tourism, jobs and the broader community.

Is there any more detail about the process?

GORCC undertook a two-stage process regarding the lease: seek expressions of interest; and selective tender.

Pitcher Partners were engaged by GORCC as Probity Advisors to provide oversight on the process. GORCC was required to prepare a Procurement Plan, Expression of Interest Evaluation Plan and Tender Evaluation Plan.

GORCC conducted a public Expressions of Interest process to identify suitable applicants to participate in the selective tender process. The EoI concluded in August 2015 with four applicants shortlisted for the tender process.

The tender closed on 23 December 2015. The tender submissions addressed 10 criteria, of which four were scored against: park and asset management plans; environmental management plans; and communications and engagement plans, and the actual commercial offer.

The submissions provided commercial offers that were not considered of an acceptable value and GORCC exercised its rights under the tender conditions to seek a ‘Best and Final’ offer from all tenderers with regard to the commercial component of the tender.

The offers, when compared with the modelling of the park operations, resulted in a potential multi-million dollar net income shortfall to GORCC over the life of the lease.

GORCC then authorised the cessation of the tender project, having not received an acceptable value offering.

As a consequence of this decision the committee then considered the option of assuming management of the park at the expiration of the lease.

When will the community be community consulted?

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee will work closely with the community to ensure the future directions and investment in the park and environment is in accordance with community, camper and visitor expectations.

There will be ongoing communications and opportunities for the community to be part of this process through open houses and other information channels.

GORCC and the community will now undertake a master planning process for the park.

What will happen to those currently working in the park?

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee will meet with the affected park staff to discuss options. There will be no jobs lost. We will continue to employ staff at the park, and manage what is a great tourism asset. We will continue to support the Anglesea business community and suppliers to the park from this area.

Would GORCC consider building an aquatic centre or other developments?

GORCC and the community will now undertake a master planning process for the park to determine future investment opportunities.

There will be ongoing communications and opportunities for the community to be part of this process through open houses and other information channels
 

 

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