THE re-opening of the Bridgewater Caravan Park today has been a long time coming but was worth the wait, says Loddon Shire council chief executive officer.
The 1.8 million redevelopment of the park experienced a number of setbacks, with subcontractors threatening to take legal action after the company undertaking the work, Global Contracting, went into administration.
Despite the delay, John McLinden said the park would bring an economic boost to the towns of Bridgewater and Inglewood.
"This has been a long time coming and there has been a enormous amount of work done to get to this point," he said.
"It will be important to the retail premises in both towns – supermarkets, hotels, garages, milk bars, bakeries.
"The people of Bridgewater are very proud of their caravan park.
"They have seen generations of kids grow up and enjoy holidays in Bridgewater.
"This will now be happening bigger and better than ever."
The redevelopment comes after floods in January 2011 ravaged the park.
It includes new areas for camping and caravans, a manager's residence, a new amenities block, a pool and a children's playground.
The park will be open until April 27 before closing for the final phase of construction.
Mr McLinden said it would re-open for summer.