Flash new park rises from ruins at Mulwala

OWNERS of a Mulwala caravan park flattened by a tornado in March will stage a free family fun day tomorrow as part of its re-opening.

A jumping castle, ski rides, barbecue, live entertainment, park tours and a ski show makes up the line-up.

Denison County Caravan Park co-owners Craig and Debbie O’Callaghan yesterday said the free day was all about thanking those who had helped during the clean-up.

“We hope lots of people have a look and maybe invest in a cabin,” Mr O’Callaghan said.

“We have turned a corner and it’s looking great.”

The couple used the destructive event as a chance to redevelop the park and it even has a new name — DC On The Lake.

There will be about 150 sites for sale, with the park opening to the investment market.

Nine cabins and a new manager’s residence have been built so far, including two double-story cabins and seven single-storey cabins.

Marketing officer Anna Grinter said the fun day was designed to show people the changes and thank those who had helped behind the scenes.

“Local football and cricket clubs came out in droves to pick up the debris,” she said.

“The park has been closed a long time so, unless you were one of the few having a dwelling repaired or a tradesman there, people haven’t seen the changes.”

The park has been open to existing customers since late last year.

Three permanent residents moved back into transportable homes in November after months of living in temporary accommodation.

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 kept working on a concept to renew the park and bring it back bigger and better.

Tomorrow’s fun day starts at 1pm.

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