Emerald Coalfields Lodge has been taken over by Discovery Holiday Parks as the company moves in for its slice of the resources boom.
Emerald Coalfields Lodge has been taken over by Discovery Holiday Parks as the company moves in for its slice of the resources boom.

Workers accommodation village sells for $15m

EMERALD's mine workers accommodation village, Coalfields Lodge, has been sold for $15m.

Discovery Holiday Parks chief executive Grant Wilckens said the company, owner of Blackwater's Bottle Tree caravan park, had settled on the facility as part of a business strategy to expand its exposure to Australia's booming mining sector and build long-term growth.

"Companies in the mining industry require reliable, full-service worker accommodation, and we're in a position to meet this demand," Mr Wilckens said.

"Traditionally, tourism has accounted for a majority of our revenue but by diversifying our offering in this way we can ensure continued business growth amid a slowing tourism sector."

The Emerald Coalfields Lodge, now re-branded as Discovery Parks - Emerald, caters specifically to the needs of the surrounding mining community with 185 ensuite and nine non-ensuite rooms, seating for more than 80 people in its restaurant, 120 car parks and an on-site gymnasium and laundry.

DHP is now well-positioned to secure further acquisitions and ensure corporate growth, Mr Wilckens added.

The DHP portfolio has more than 30 holiday parks, eight workforce accommodation parks and three lifestyle home villages.


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