Discovery Parks – Broome: Q&A
Broome’s stunning Roebuck Bay will soon be home to one of the region’s best holiday parks with the progression of a $9 million development for Discovery Parks – Broome.
Discovery Holiday Parks leases the property from the Shire of Broome, and a new 42-year agreement will enable investment in the property for the first time in over 60 years.
Development plans for the property include a new lagoon pool, more than 30 new tourist cabins, a new entrance and upgraded amenities including a new camp kitchen and BBQ area.
What is the process for the development?
Discovery will soon be applying for Development Assessment approval for the proposed development. Once submitted, the Shire of Broome will run a community consuation.
What benefits will there be for the community?
The development will increase the quality and availability of accommodation in Broome, attracting more visitors to the region. The flow through economic benefit is estimated at $2.9 million during the construction phase and $4.3 million for every year thereafter.
The upgrade will also create around 23 jobs during the construction phase, and more than 30 ongoing jobs in the community. Wherever possible, Discovery Holiday Parks will hire local contractors and suppliers to deliver the project.
How are you communicating with long term residents who are impacted?
Residents were first advised of the development late last year. In late June 2021, impacted residents were given formal notice of 180-days that their leases will be concluded. We will be communicating with residents on a one-on-one basis as we progress through the development process. Importantly, we have sufficient space within the property to offer every resident an alternative site and new lease.
What’s the process for long term residents who need to move?
While residents have been given 180-days notice, the development will likely be completed in stages which means not every resident will need to move at the same time. As we progress through the process, we will have greater clarity on timeframes and will work with residents on a case-by-case basis.
Residents lease land from Discovery Holiday Parks and own the home they live in. As a term of their lease agreement, their home must be transportable. On the conclusion of their lease, it is the resident’s responsibility to relocate their home as required.
What role does Council play in the development?
The Shire of Broome awarded the lease to Discovery Holiday Parks due to our ability to redevelop the property. The property is in dire need of investment. It has been over 60 years since facilities have been upgraded, and this development is essential for the survival of the property.
The Shire of Broome is incredibly supportive of Discovery’s planned investment. Discovery will continue to work closely with the Shire on the proposed development.
Who can I contact with further questions?
We have set up a dedicated mailbox for queries about this development. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at: firstname.lastname@example.org