YOUNG ACHIEVER: Big4 Capricorn Palms Holiday Village owner and manager Josh Dillon sitting in the resort’s outdoor cinema.
YOUNG ACHIEVER: Big4 Capricorn Palms Holiday Village owner and manager Josh Dillon sitting in the resort’s outdoor cinema. Chris Ison Rokcholiday

Caravan industry call to Capricorn Coast young achiever

WHEN you think of caravan parks, you may also think of the grey nomads who often enjoy their facilities.

But Josh Dillon, the owner of Big4 Capricorn Palms Holiday Village, is hoping to see more young people in his industry.

"I'm a strong believer in the Capricorn Coast," he said.

"In the last 12 months domestic tourism has risen about 15%.

"We've still got a lot of people coming to the region who have never been here before… instead of going through to Mackay, Airlie Beach or Cairns people are deciding to call in and see what Yeppoon is like."

The Caravan Parks Association of Queensland (CPAQ) is looking for nominations for the 2015 Simon Warner Memorial Young Achiever of the Year Award, which Josh won last year.

He said he would love to see more young people get involved in the industry.

"The caravan park industry does lack young people," he said.

"I'd encourage anybody looking for a life change or a rewarding industry to give it a go.

"I've had a lot of enjoyment and a lot of success down here."Every day you meet these young families with two or three kids who have bought a caravan and are on an adventure, they're some of the happiest people you'll meet."

Last year Josh also won the Ray Fitton Award for Innovation, and credited the construction of an outdoor cinema complete with a candy bar for the award.

He says on the coast, where tourism is a major industry, it's important to differentiate your business.

"When we bought the park it was very run down, and it didn't have anything for children," he said.

"Our business plan was to bring that stuff back to the park to help us get through the winter season."

At the moment the park is enjoying about 90% occupancy with the September school holidays.

CPAQ Awards

Since the inaugural award presentation in 2002, four other CQ caravan park employees have won

Nominations close October 16

For more information on the awards contact 3862 1833 or parks@caravanqld.com.au



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