On 20 June 2014 the Gunnedah Lions Club RV Park was officially opened by Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Owen Hasler and Shenhua Watermark's Human Resources Manager Gerry McDonald.
The RV Park is an initiative of the Gunnedah Lions Club, made possible with the allocation of $230,000 in funding from the 2011 Watermark Community Fund. The RV Park has been designed as an all-inclusive stop, with wheelchair accessible toilets, caravan dump site, undercover eating area and off road parking.
Mr McDonald said that Shenhua was proud to have been able to support this project which not only adds to local road safety but enhances the entry to Gunnedah from the Coonabarabran. The project will also assist the economy of the town by encouraging more travellers to stop and enjoy our great town and it is a wonderful addition to the facilities available to the community.
"Shenhua is a strong believer in contributing to the communities within which we work. The $5 million Watermark Community Fund was established with the intention of supporting the development of the region's economy, to promote local employment, to enhance and maintain the local environment and also to improve important local facilities – the RV project has successfully fulfilled many of these aims." Mr McDonald said.
Gunnedah Lions Club President, Mr Stuart Muddle said in 2011 the Club decided to investigate the feasibility of costing and planning, as well as a suitable site for a RV Park in Gunnedah.
"Shenhua were approached through their community fund to see if they could assist. They very generously approved funding towards the construction with the rest of the money being raised by the Lions Club through fund raising activities." Mr Muddle said.
Mayor Owen Hasler was presented the keys to the facility and said Council would continue to support the project by providing ongoing maintenance of the site.
"It is a very important project for Gunnedah and we want to show we are an RV-friendly town. Congratulations to the Lions Club for recognising the need for such an area and to Shenhua for their support that has been recognised throughout the community." Cr Hasler said.
The plaque was unveiled by Shenhua Watermark's Human Resources Manager Gerry McDonald, second from left, and Gunnedah Mayor Owen Hasler, right. Also pictured are Shenhua Watermark Community Liaison Officer Debbie Watson and Gunnedah Lions Club President Stuart Muddle.
Photograph courtesy of Namoi Valley Independent