Angourie Resort in new hands
By ADRIAN MILLER
THE Angourie Rainforest Resort is in the hands of new owners.
EcoPoint Resorts has taken control of the luxury holiday accommodation after former owners, Yamba's Mitchell family, sold up in December.
Rebranded and renamed to Angourie Resort, the retreat becomes the fifth eco-tourism product in EcoPoint's stable.
EcoPoint also owns Myallshores and Murramarang resorts, Cairns Villa and Leisure Park and Nestle Inn Tourist Village.
New general manager Warren Lee said the new owners would make minimal changes to the holiday destination.
"We're just about to appoint a new head chef and we're going to redo our menus," he said.
Mr Lee said a goal of EcoPoint's management would be to encourage local residents to visit the site more often.
"One of the misconceptions with resorts is that only guests staying there can use its facilities," he said.
"The Angourie Resort is a great property and a great area and we want to see a lot more local involvement and local people using our facilities."
Mr Lee said Angourie Resort would continue to provide opportunities for local people.
"We're trying to keep local people employed here as much as possible," he said.
"We're employing local people because our guests who come from interstate ask about the best places to go and the locals are the only ones who know that."
Mr Lee, who moved to the Clarence Valley from the Gold Coast with his partner and son, said they had already taken a liking to the Valley.
"It's a beautiful area with fantastic beaches ? the beaches are better here than the Gold Coast," he said.