A small local caravan park in the relatively unknown fishing village of Kurrimine Beach on Far North Queensland’s Cassowary Coast was successful in applying for a $100k T-QUAL grant. The grant, which is being matched, dollar for dollar, by the park owners will be used for three projects:
i. Building of a new Wheelchair Friendly Family Beach House
ii. Installing a water park with access for disabled children
iii. Installing a wheelchair friendly bathroom for campers and caravans
T-QUAL Grants is a competitive merit-based grants program aimed at stimulating sustainable economic growth in the Australian tourism industry. By providing matched funding to large and small-scale tourism projects, the program aims to increase Australia's supply of quality tourism products and experiences.
The program actively encourages private sector investment in the development of Australia's tourism industry products, services and experiences. It is underpinned by the National Long-Term Tourism Strategy and Tourism 2020.
After a disastrous year in 2011 which included the park being hit by Cyclone Yasi and then the park owner Marcus Kitchen being badly injured in a burns accident things are looking up… At the end of 2011 the park won the title of Tourism Queensland’s Best Customer Service Ambassadors and a prize of $10,000. Then we couldn’t believe our luck in gaining the tourism grant – we now truly believe our luck has changed said Kay Kitchen, joint owner of the park.
We have three brand new Family Beach Houses on the park. These spacious and modern holiday units sleep up to 8 guests. The wheelchair friendly unit is a first for Kurrimine Beach. Over the next three months we will be giving away a family weekend break in our new wheelchair friendly cabin to a well deserving local family with a disabled person. We are asking for nominations for such families on our facebook page.
The water park is being shipped to us at the moment and we expect to start work on the park after the Easter school holidays. We have had a panel of experts, local children from Kurrimine Beach, work on the design with us and are very excited about the project. We are currently trying to source a waterproof wheelchair which will allow disabled children to play in the facility.
Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park
Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park is at the southern end of Kurrimine Beach, between Innisfail and Mission Beach. The Holiday Park, set in lush tropical gardens, is the ideal place for a relaxing holiday, lots of fun for the kids and a perfect base to explore the beautiful Cassowary Coast.
Kurrimine Beach is an unspoilt tropical holiday destination with the Great Barrier Reef on its doorstep. The spirit and hospitality of old North Queensland is still alive in the picturesque fishing hamlet. It has become a haven for those who appreciate the laid back style of holidaying and relaxation.
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