Wilpena Pound Resort announces new board
South Australia’s Wilpena Pound Resort in the Flinders Ranges has announced a new line up for its board, timed with the revelation of a three-year vision for the historic property.
Operated by the region’s Aboriginal Adnyamathanha people, Wilpena Pound Resort offers visitors a personal connection to the spectacular landscape and first-hand understanding of the local Aboriginal heritage.
Plans for the three-year vision are set to establish the resort as “one of Australia’s premier tourist destinations run by the Adnyamathanha people” and include significant enhancements to the accommodation offering – which includes a 60-room hotel, new glamping at Ikara Safari Camp and state-of-the-art bushland campground facilities for campers and caravanners.
To help deliver the vision, Wilpena Pound Resort has announced new members to its Board of Directors led by A/Chairman Craig Wallace since 2014. In 2019, the Board is pleased to welcome experienced Indigenous executive Darren Godwell as director alongside Adnyamathanha Director Tony Clarke. Adnyamathanha elder Auntie Pauline McKenzie also continues as a director for the new term.
Chairman Craig Wallace said the Board of Directors was energised and ready to take the iconic Wilpena Pound Resort to a new era of Aboriginal experiential tourism.
“Wilpena Pound Resort has welcomed so many travellers from Australia and overseas from the past half-century to discover the magic of the Flinders Ranges and learn the unique perspective of the region from the local Adnyamathanha guides and staff,” Mr Wallace said.
“We’re fortunate to have a strong team of dedicated staff behind us, and we’re excited to be embarking on the delivery of a new vision for the resort’s facilities and the experiences on offer to visitors.
“We’d also like to express our appreciation and gratitude to departing director Adnyamathanha elder and dedicated campaigner Vince Coulthard, who announced his retirement earlier this year and whose legacy is reflected in the bright futures of our local Aboriginal people.”
Wilpena Pound Resort is located around 430km north of Adelaide in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Wilpena Pound is a spectacular natural amphitheatre spanning 17km in length and 7km in width, shaped by the weathering and uplifting of land over time and holding important cultural significance for the Indigenous Adnyamathanha people. The resort comprises a 60-room hotel, Ikara Safari Camp with 15 tented pavilions including two designed for families and large campground with state-of-the-art facilities. For more information and bookings, visit www.wilpenapound.com.au or call 1800 805 802.
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