This award is designed to encourage all parks to implement an environmental initiative, whether big or small.
The award will be presented to a park owner/operator that has implemented an initiative within their business within the last two years which has had a significant positive impact on their business, their guests or their local community and, most importantly, the environment. This could be a new product, service or procedure.
Finalists nominations will be used to highlight how these initiatives can provide benefit to the business as well as the environment.
Any park that has implemented an initiative within their business within the last two years which has had a significant positive impact on their business, their guests or their local community and, most importantly, the environment.
The winner of this Award will receive:
The 2023 Environmental Award
Profile in an upcoming next edition of the Parkies Post
A blog on the team on the Caravanning Queensland consumer facing website
A feature on the Caravanning Queensland Facebook page
Recognition in the 2024 Queensland Caravan Parks Directory
Judges are asked to determine how well the nomination addresses the questions asked and the award criteria (e.g. have all of the questions been answered, and has the appropriate additional information been provided).
Each question, or piece of information requested, will be allocated a score (maximum score included with the question). Judges will score the answer of each question out of that score and give the nomination a total score out of 10 - these scores will be added up (maximum 100 points) and used to the determine a winner.
Additional points will be allocated based on the perceived positive impact the initiative has on the environment (up to 5 points)
Brief Description of Initiative (worth up to 5 points)
Why did you introduce this initiative? (worth up to 10 points)
What challenges did you face with the implementation process? (worth up to 10 points)
What was the cost of implementation? (worth up to 10 points)
What are the results? (worth up to 10 points)
How could this initiative assist other industry businesses? (worth up to 10 points)
Is there anything else you would like the judges to know to assist them with the judging process? (worth up to 10 points)
Photo and or video of the initiative (worth up to 5 points)
Maximum of 3 pieces of evidence of the initiative and its impact (worth up to 10 points)
Park logo - please supply as a JPG or PNG file (worth 5 points)
Please note, a nomination may be marked down if all of these items are not included.
With all nominations it is important that the judges can see clear empirical evidence of how the answer addresses the question, not just anecdotal evidence. Empirical evidence makes it easy for a judge to justify their reasoning in terms of scoring each nomination.
Provide a short description of the initiative. Make your description as clear and concise as possible while ensuring that there is enough information the judges can understand the initiative.
Was this initiative introduced to address a specific business challenge or was it implemented out of concern for the environment or your region?
Outline the reason you decided to implement this initiative. You have up to 200 words for this section, consider including how you discovered or imagined the initiative, and what research you did before you implemented it.
In the world of parks it is rare that things go exactly to plan…
Outline what challenges you had with the implementation of this initiative and what you did to overcome them. Challenges may include budgetary concerns, extended timelines, staff or guest resistance. You may also wish to include what you did to ensure staff, guest and/or resident's bought into the solution.
Remember, this question is as much about overcoming challenges as it is about the challenge itself.
Provide an outline of the cost to implement this initiative. This information may be useful and provide an introduction to the results for the judges when they look at your return on investment or effort.
Clearly show the result this initiative has had on the business. Focus on areas which can be measured and show the improvement. This may be a % increase or a pure number increase (e.g. a $ increase in turnover).
Look at any improvement in customer ratings on review sites including, but not limited to, TripAdvisor, WikiCamps, Booking.com, ReviewPro as well as changes to the physical appearance of the park.
From a business perspective, review key metrics such as turnover, occupancy, and RevPAR and include appropriate examples of improvement in your submission. You may also want to look at how this initiative has saved you money.
This is a chance to share any learnings which can be shared with other park operators. This may be in relation to the research phase, the implementation, the transition or anything else which you wish you had known before you started.
Is there anything else you would like the judges to know to assist them with the judging process?
It is important in any awards application to give as much information as possible and take every opportunity to showcase the achievements of the nominated team. Use this question to provide additional information, this may be why you are proud of the innovation, the impact it has had beyond guest reviews and financial results, what winning the award would mean to you or something else you feel is important for the judges to know.
It is important that you include each of the items requested in the other information supplied section, this is a chance to get some easy points and in the past has been the difference between the winning nomination and the nomination that came second.
Photo and or video of the innovation
Provide clear photos or a video which show the innovation and how it works in your business.
If you wish to submit large files (or a video) please contact the CPAQ Team and we will supply you with an online folder you can upload the images into.
Maximum of 3 pieces of evidence of the initiative and its impact
This is an opportunity to provide evidence of the improvement in your business. You may wish to include extracts of guest feedback, ReviewPro reports, occupancy or revenue reports for your park.
This information should tie into the results you outline in question 6 (What are the results?).
The nominee must be a current financial park member of Caravan Parks Association of Queensland.
Nominations for this award can be made by the nominee or any other individual that has enough insight into the business to make the nomination.
Nominations are made using the official online entry form.
CPAQ reserves the right to not present this Award if no nominee achieves a score of 60 or more.
We look forward to welcoming you to RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast in May for the 2023 CPAQ Conference, proudly brought to you by Bunnings Trade!