Lake Keepit now has increased safety for visitors, thanks to the installation of firefighting infrastructure.
The park now has a bushfire management plan, which will help keep the threat of bushfires at bay.
Water supply tanks have also been put in that hold enough to fill five backyard swimming pools, as have two alarmed tanks and pumps that can be used in the event of an extended power loss.
The Reflections Holiday Parks Group invested a total of $17.1 million in the works for nine parks, and just under $2 million for Keepit itself.
This money was through the government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund (CRIFP).
At the equipment’s unveiling this morning, Gunnedah deputy mayor Rob Hooke said the system was great for safety.
“To have an upgrade like this ensures the security of the infrastructure there,” Cr Hooke said.
“More importantly, it secures safety, in case of bushfires, for any of the guests that are here.”
We felt this project was of top priority.Steve Edmonds, Reflections Holiday Parks CEO
Reflections Holiday Parks chairwoman Wendy Machen echoed this, and said it was important the park had this system in place.
“The safety of park guests and visitors is paramount,” Ms Machen said.
“It’s about peace of mind for us and visitors.”
Reflections Holiday Parks chief executive Steve Edmonds said it was vital it was put in place due to the summer heat.
“With scorching Australian summers and the ever-present threat of fire under these conditions, we are proud to have bushfire emergency plans in place ... and upgraded fire reticulation infrastructure being installed,” Mr Edmonds said.
“Our inland parks cover a wide expanse and bushfires can wreak devastation in an incredibly short space of time, so we felt this project was of top priority.”
Ms Machen said next in the works for Lake Keepit was to improve guests’ overall experience.
“Our long-term plan is to upgrade the guest facilities – so, nicer cabins and nicer communal areas,” she said.
“We’re also thinking of adding non-water activities and more facilities for kids.”