North Coast Holiday Parks (NCHP) North Beach is celebrating after being recognised by Bellingen Shire Council with an Ian J Cooper Award for their efforts in disability inclusion.
Held on Friday 2 December, the Awards recognise action taken to improve Access & Inclusion through initiatives by local businesses or groups or individuals to enhance either facility access or more broadly undertake inclusive practices to better accommodate people living with disabilities.
Bellingen Shire Council Community and Wellbeing Planning Officer Anna Joy said North Beach was awarded for their ongoing commitment to addressing the needs of people with disabilities.
“North Beach has strongly demonstrated their support for disability inclusion through the existence of access cabins, accessible communal facilities and their support of the Council’s recently acquired beach wheelchair which can be hired on site,” Ms Joy said.
NCHP North Beach is part of the NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust group which manages 36 holiday parks and a number of recreational reserves located on NSW Crown land in some of the state’s most iconic locations. NSWCHPT incorporates North Coast Holiday Parks, Inland Waters Holiday Parks and South Coast Holiday Parks.
Park Manager’s Peg and Jack Kelly said they were thrilled by the award, calling it a great recognition of their efforts to give all guests a great holiday experience, regardless of their needs.
“We were very proud to receive the Award as we do take special notice of what our guests needs are,” they said.
“We have many guests with disabilities or special needs and we think that they should be able to enjoy a great holiday experience the same as anyone else.”
NSWCHPT CEO Steve Edmonds praised the team at North Beach for their efforts, and said the award demonstrated the Trust’s work to provide inclusive holidays for all guests.
“We want all guests who stay at our parks to have a positive experience and a holiday to remember,” Mr Edmonds said.
“Acquisition of vital infrastructure ensures we are able to fulfil our vision of meeting the recreational and accommodation needs of all families.
“I also commend Bellingen Shire Council for providing the opportunity to have a beach wheelchair based at our North Beach park.”
Space at NCHP North Beach for the summer holidays is quickly filling up. To book, head to www.northcoastholidayparks.com.au.