Hard yakka rewarded
A LONG learning curve has paid off for Murwillumbah caravan park owners Gwyneth and Stewart Payne, whose park recently won an award for being environmentally friendly.
The couple have spent the past couple of years learning about recycling, to make Greenhills Caravan Park more attractive to environmentally-minded travellers.
"We have planted more than 350 native trees, cut our weekly tip trips by four thanks to recycling, and reduced our water consumption to three-quarters of what it used to be," said Mrs Payne.
"It has been a large learning curve but very worthwhile."
The Paynes had their backbreaking efforts recognised recently when they were awarded a bronze Gumnut Award for environmental sustainability.
The awards are an initiative of the NSW Caravan and Camping Association and include silver and gold categories.
More than 160 parks are enrolled in the program around NSW.