Caravan park re-opening shows community strength

Published: November 24, 2015
Fire ravaged communities to overcome challenges

As towns and villages in Western Australia and elsewhere begin to come to terms with the carnage caused by recent bushfires, perhaps they can draw some comfort from the experiences of other communities rocked by natural disasters.

Sometimes a crisis has a way of bringing the best out of people, and places which face – and overcome – enormous challenges emerge stronger at the other end.

In January 2011, serious flooding caused enormous damage to the beautiful Victorian town of Bridgewater on Loddon. The road to recovery has been a long and sometimes painful one, but the recent re-opening of the town’s once flood-ravaged caravan park marks another major step forward.

Loddon Shire council’s, John McLinden, said the bigger and better Bridgewater Caravan Park would bring a huge economic boost to the towns of Bridgewater and neighbouring Inglewood.

“This has been a long time coming and there has been a enormous amount of work done to get to this point,” he told the Bendigo Advertiser “It will be important to the retail premises in both towns – supermarkets, hotels, garages, milk bars, bakeries.”

The $1.8 million redevelopment of the park has seem the arrival of new areas for camping and caravans, a manager’s residence, a new amenities block, a pool and a children’s playground.

The park will be open until April 27 when it will close again for the final phase of construction. It will re-open again ahead of next summer. Bridgewater – like so many other Australian communities before it that have faced everything from fire and flooding to sandstorms and tornadoes – has shown incredible resilience, determination and character to bounce back from adversity. There is no doubt that the fire-ravaged farms near Esperance will do exactly the same.

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