Glittering prize for Gemseekers
TERRY and Vicki Gilshnan couldn't wipe the smiles off their faces after they recently took home a Queensland Caravan Parks award.
The Gilshnans bought Bedford Gardens in 2009, and have since given the Rubyvale van park a complete makeover and turned it into Gemseekers Caravan Park.
All their hard work and effort has paid off, having been named winners of the Turnaround Award for Outstanding Business Improvement.
Terry said he and Vicki were surprised and extremely pleased with the outcome.
"We have spent over $100,000 and improved the park, plus we have more happy customers and turnover," he said.
"Since buying the park we have only had a 10-day holiday in October and the rest of the time we have been cleaning, renovating and putting new everything in."
After being a builder in Mackay for 30 years and owning a cleaning business, the Gilshnans have been able to put all their skills to the test in their own venture.
"We have worked well together bringing this park back to where it should be, so to receive an award was really great for the effort we have put in," Terry said.
Terry said the couple must be doing something right, as the park was 95% full for five months of the year, and two-thirds of the park is booked out for parts of next year.
"It's just like a big retirement village here," Terry said with a laugh.