A $2.5 million premium villa precinct for guests at Clarkes Beach is now officially open after Reflections Holiday Parks and industry representatives from across the state, cut the ribbon last week to celebrate the new waterfront, architect-designed cabins.
Reflections Holiday Parks CEO Steve Edmonds said the new cabins at Clarkes Beach, built with sustainably-sourced Australian Black Butt timber, reflected the environmentally sustainable ethos of the Reflections Group.
“Our new villa precinct incorporates selective sourcing of material to reduce the carbon footprint, well thought-out window placement for maximising natural light and cross ventilation,” Mr Edmonds said.
“Sensitive cabin design with minimal impact to the environment was a priority in our project due to the endangered ecological community of Clarkes Beach.”
“Working within a very tight space, a lot of time was spent getting the orientation of the cabins spot on before placing them on the ground. We also had to consider erosion protection, with rainwater tanks installed to take the pressure off the rainwater flow.”
The improvements at Clarkes Beach include:
- Installation of eight new architecturally-designed, environmentally-sensitive cabins, including four which sleep up to five people and four which sleep up to two.
- Landscaping, sympathetic to the Endangered Ecological Community, EEC.
Reflections Holiday Parks Chair Wendy Machin said the new cabins installed at Clarkes Beach and Evans Head last week were part of an $8.9 million cabin upgrade project, substantially funded through the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund Program (CRIFP).
“We have invested $2.7 million in park development and asset renewal at our Byron Shire Parks and $6.450,000 at Evans Head since July 2017. This shows our commitment to providing amazing guest experiences and supporting the NSW Government’s goal of increasing tourism numbers to NSW,” Ms Machin said.
Mr Edmonds said the inclusion of an environmentally-sensitive premium villa precinct at Clarkes Beach was balanced with consideration for retaining much of the park for the traditional caravan and camping holiday.
“The focus of our new cabin installations is one of quality and innovation over quantity,” Mr Edmonds said.
“Sand dune protection is another important project we are working on at Clarkes Beach with design solutions being investigated to stop erosion of the sand dunes located at the front of the park.”
“We are also working on a Stormwater Gulley Erosion project with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Byron Shire Council and the Arakwal People.”
To see a Time Lapse video on the build of this innovative villa precinct, visit https://youtu.be/yrZ0dd80Pc4.