Dan Murphy at the gate of the newly-opened First Point at Agnes Water.   
Dan Murphy at the gate of the newly-opened First Point at Agnes Water.    ROB BLACK

Caravan park revives Agnes Water

A NEW caravan park in Agnes Water has given a welcome boost to the coastal town’s economy.

The First Point caravan park stands on a site that stood dormant for almost six years, but developer Dan Murphy said the tourist facility had had a flurry of reservations since opening just before Christmas.

“We were completely booked during Christmas and new year, and even now it’s sitting at around 90%,” Mr Murphy said.

The resort was built on the site of the old caravan park in Tom Jeffery Court on the front beach at Agnes Water.

Mr Murphy said 25,000 people used to visit the old Agnes Water caravan park before it was removed for a proposed luxury resort.

The former developer eventually went bust, the resort flopped and cost the town millions in tourism dollars, according to Mr Murphy.

But locals have noticed things pick up since the 300-person park has emerged.

Agnes Water Post Office owner Mike Allen was among the business people in the area who welcomed the park’s opening.

“You used to see the grey nomad trail come in to town, the caravan park was booked out two and three years ahead and the place was lively. That disappeared when the old park shut but it’s definitely picking up again,” Mr Allen said.

“The economy changed for the worst when it shut down and word spread on the grapevine — people weren’t coming back.”

But optimism has returned with the advent of First Point.

“As a business owner I can say we are all very pleased it has re-opened,” the Agnes Water postie said.



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