After a two-year hiatus, the camping, caravan, and lease-living industry came together to commemorate, recognize and celebrate its accomplishments, with 14 businesses and individuals being recognized for their exceptional products, service, or accomplishments.
Presented by the industry’s peak bodies, the NSW Caravan Industry Association (CCIA NSW) and the Land Lease Living Industry Association (LLIA), individuals and businesses have been praised for their outstanding innovations and best practices, according to a press release by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia.
CCIA NSW President Mark Lindsay said it was an honor to recognize the dedication and hard work seen in their industry and individuals and companies specifically by acknowledging their achievements and contributions.
Award Winners Caravan & Camping Parks and Trade
The highly sought-after NSW Holiday Park of the Year awards were given to NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort, which has over 100 sites, and BIG4 Myall Holiday Resort which has less than 100 sites, while Myall River Camp received the NSW Holiday Park Innovation Award.
Lindsay said NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort’s accommodations, surrounded by the natural beauty of Brisbane Water National Park, are a fantastic example of what their state’s parks can offer.
He said that these businesses are the standard for holiday parks in NSW as they offer the holiday experience that people want, directly boosting the state’s domestic visitation.
The longest-running Australian-made camper trailer manufacturer in the nation, Cub Campers, has been awarded the NSW Manufacturer of the Year award. High-end products that provide excellent service, using Australian canvas and steel, they’ve built their campers from scratch at their factory in North Rocks, NSW, for more than 50 years.
Here is a list of winners awarded by the CCIA NSW.
- NSW Holiday Park of the Year Award (Less than 100 sites): BIG4 River Myall Holiday Resort, Bulahdelah.
- NSW Holiday Park of the Year Award (More than 100 sites): NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort, Umina
- NSW Holiday Park Innovation Award: Myall River Camp, Hawks Nest
- NSW Manufacturer of the Year: Cub Campers
- NSW RV Repairer of the Year: Bold Trailer And Caravan Repair Centre
- NSW Trade Dealer/Retailer/Wholesaler of the Year: Jayco Newcastle
- NSW Industry Provider of the Year: Integrated Site Design
- Employee of the Year – Holiday Parks: Lisa Collier of North Star Holiday Parks
- Employee of the Year – Trade: Matt Kennelly of Cub Campers
- Young Achievers of the Year – Holiday Parks: Steven Woolridge of Holiday Haven Huskisson Beach and Beau Curtis of Ingenia Holidays at One Mile Beach
Award Winners Land Lease Communities
Lindsay said the land lease communities offer beautiful living spaces throughout the state. The NSW Land Lease Community of the Year Award was split this year by two outstanding communities within the Port Stephens area.
He added that Latitude One offers residents state-of-the-art areas for communities, set in natural bushland with bowling days, function areas, movie nights, and barbecues by the lake. Sunrise Lifestyle Resort residents enjoy tennis courts, a clubhouse, an indoor and outdoor pool, a bowling green, a games room, and even an in-house garden and workshop.
Both show the best in Land Lease Living with an extraordinary community spirit.
Here is a list of winners awarded by the LLIA.
- NSW Land Lease Community of the Year Award: Sunrise Lifestyle Resort by Hometown Australia and Latitude One by Ingenia Lifestyle
- NSW Land Lease Community Engagement Award: Pine Needles Village
- Employee of the Year – Land Lease Communities: Ann Blair of Plantations by Ingenia Lifestyle
- Young Achiever of the Year – Land Lease Communities: Lauren Toussaint of Hometown Australia
The award was first introduced in 2019. It is the second time that the President’s Award has been given, and it is a tribute to the builders and innovators who have shaped the industry over the years.
This year, the award was presented to Robyn Kingsmill, Phillip & Diane East, and Stephen Edwards.
CEO Lyndel Gray said that the industry was making a massive contribution to the NSW economy, specifically the tourism sector, where camping and caravan holidays make up more than 13 million domestic trips yearly.
He said that the camping and caravan industry produces more than AU$4 billion in economic activities across the state annually, directly employing nearly 10,000 people and enabling the creation of 50,000 more jobs.
He added that as the industry recovers after covid, these businesses continue to be a positive force in the economy. They are delighted to acknowledge the tremendous accomplishments of the industry by presenting these prizes.
CCIA NSW is the caravan and camping peak industry body in NSW. CCIA NSW has over 720 member businesses, including the owners and operators of caravans and holiday parks, manufacturers dealers, retailers, and manufacturers of motorhomes, caravans, campsite equipment, camper trailers, and other accessories, as well as services industries.