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Summit offered Four Post management

Griffith Skills Training Centre Ltd, also trading as Summit Employment & Training Griffith, has been offered management of the Deniliquin Four Post Camp.

ZOE MCMAUGH July 29, 2014 3:02am

The NSW Government has confirmed a regional company has been offered management of the Deniliquin Four Post Camp.

Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water Kevin Humphries has confirmed Griffith Skills Training Centre Ltd, also trading as Summit Employment & Training Griffith, as the successful applicant.

The company, which is linked to the Summit office in Deniliquin, made a submission to NSW Trade & Investment Crown Lands’ expression of interest earlier this year.

NSW Trade & Investment says negotiations are now taking place to determine the best management format for the facility.

A department spokesperson was unable to say when the site would be re-open.

‘‘The department will hold further discussions with Summit regarding interim site management arrangements and commencement date for site operations as a priority, so that there is as little disruption as possible.’’

Crown Lands started the search for a land trustee in March this year after Greater Murray YMCA withdrew from the facility. It relinquished control following a review sparked by a merger with Bendigo YMCA.

The camp was passed on to YMCA by the community-based Four Post Committee in 2011 after legislated safety upgrades and limited usage of the camp led to financial difficulties.

Concerned the facility may be lost, the Deniliquin Lions Club made an expression of interest to become the trustee of the land this year.

Lion Norm Purtill said while the organisation’s rejection as trustee was disappointing, he said it was encouraging to know a regional company would be charged with managing the site.

Deniliquin Mayor Lindsay Renwick said the news the camp would be retained, and by a local company, was welcome.

‘‘It’s a great win, and to see it reopen will be a wonderful advancement for Deniliquin as a tourist destination,’’ Cr Renwick said.

‘‘We intend to work with Summit to get the facility up and running again, including our adventure tourism program which could see canoeing and other nature activities take place there.

‘‘As a bonus, Summit has a good track record across the region on creating job opportunities and working on up-skilling local people.

‘‘I am jumping for joy at this news. Even though it’s in Murray Shire, the Four Post Camp is one of the greatest facilities we have in Deniliquin.’’

As well as having plenty of land for powered and unpowered camping, Four Post Camp boasts dorm and cabin accommodation options.

There are 12 dorm rooms equipped with bunks which together could sleep at least 60 people.

Disabled patrons are also catered for, with one disabled friendly unit that sleeps three people and has its own ensuite.

Since the YMCA withdrew from the facility, only unpowered camping sites have been available to the general public.

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