THE Mulwala caravan park worst hit by a tornado in March is set to reopen in December with a new name and plans for double-storey cabins.
Denison County Caravan Park looked rather bare yesterday with most of the destroyed accommodation taken away.
But co-owners Craig and Debbie O’Callaghan still have the job of clearing debris, weeding and letting tradesmen in to carry out repairs to the remaining cabins.
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Albury building company Zauner Constructions, who won the $820,000 clean-up contract, handed back the majority of the site last Friday.
The property was in lockdown for five months awaiting hazardous asbestos to be removed after it was discovered on the site.
But behind the scenes the owners had been working on a concept plan to come back bigger and better.
“We want to be unique to anything in town, so we are taking it to the next level,” Mrs O’Callaghan said.
The plan features double-storey cabins overlooking the waterfront and elevated cabins where vehicles can park underneath.
A new manager’s residence will also be built, a double-storey showpiece at the entrance of the gate.
“We realised we don’t have to build what we had, so we have the opportunity to do things like maximise the water views and widen roads,” Mrs O’Callaghan said. “Out of adversity comes opportunity.”
All accommodation will be named after boats and the park will be renamed DC On The Lake.
There will be about 120 sites for sale, with the park also opening up to the investment market.
Mrs O’Callaghan said the couple were very mindful about using local manufacturers.
“We will be pouring money back into the local community,” she said.
The couple aim to reopen on December 1.
“We are not sure if it’s achievable yet,” Mr O’Callaghan said.
“We just hope to be open in a small way by then, even if it’s just for existing customers.”