KALGOORLIE STRIKES GOLD WITH DISCOVERY PARKS

ACCOMMODATION GROUP BANKS ON CITY'S FUTURE WITH $3M INVESTMENT
Discovery Parks, Australia's largest owner and operator of lifestyle, holiday and workforce accommodation parks, is pleased to announce a landmark $3 million investment towards the expansion of its park in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. The development will deliver 16 additional cabins to the site as well as a new Manager's residence, while providing for a number of functional and aesthetic upgrades.

Part of a nationwide program of investment by Discovery Parks totalling $50 million, the upgrade of the Kalgoorlie park also include a number of important repairs to facilities damaged by an earthquake in April, 2010. The parks will be now be able to accommodate over 850 guests.


Discovery Parks CEO, Grant Wilckens said: "We are extremely proud to announce the expansion of our park in Kalgoorlie. Our investment of $3 million reaffirms our ongoing commitment to industry in the city by providing long-term, high-quality accommodation to address the ever-increasing demand from tourists and local contractors.


"We continue to believe in the potential of Kalgoorlie and Western Australia to thrive as a productive and prosperous region. Flexible, high-quality accommodation is integral to the creation of an attractive business environment in Kalgoorlie and is necessary for the continued prosperity of the city. We view our $3 million commitment as a step towards securing the city's long-term economic future.


"The upcoming construction of the prison shows that while Kalgoorlie has a long history of dependence on resource-based investment, this is no longer necessarily the case. Large-scale infrastructure projects will invariably follow the growth of the city, and we see the expansion of our parks as essential to adequately cater for the ever-growing appetite of companies seeking comfortable, reputable and flexible accommodation for their workforce," Mr Wilckens said.


The expansion of the parks was completed by Kent Corp, selected after a competitive tender process ahead of a number of in-state rivals.


With self-contained en-suite cabins that feature large rooms with sheltered courtyards and verandas, Discovery Parks provides industry-leading accommodation options across many sectors.


The Kalgoorlie and Boulder parks, in conjunction with the company's other parks located at Perth, Bunbury, Lake Kununurra and Onslow, are part of a state-wide network of high-quality, cost effective commercial accommodation sites.


The park has experienced consistent growth since their acquisition by Discovery Parks in 2004, with more than 15,000 guests accommodated at the park in 2013, with an increase of approximately 4% over the past three years.


"With construction nearing completion, we look forward to welcoming new guests and we hope that our expanded offering will help us to improve on last year's record number of visitors we accommodated in Kalgoorlie," Mr Wilckens said.