CARAVANNERS ROLL INTO TOWN

$16,000 spent in two months at Biggen­den busi­nesses One group spent $30,000 in 10 days at Monto stopover Mun­dub­bera park turns over 150 sites in one month

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

FOR Syd­ney cou­ple Pa­tri­cia and Gor­don Steer, trav­el­ling has al­ways run through the fam­ily, es­pe­cially since the pair of­fi­cially re­tired a few years ago.

Stay­ing at the Three Rivers Car­a­van Park in Mun­dub­bera, Mr Steer said they had con­trib­uted a bit to the com­mu­ni­ties they vis­ited in the last few weeks.

“We’ve got an­other six weeks re­main­ing on our trip, and when we were in Stan­thorpe we were with a car­a­van club and in a week I would say all of us con­trib­uted to spend­ing around $20,000,” Mr Steer said.

“We con­trib­uted a bit to Mun­dub­bera and Gayndah by shop­pin­gand buy­ing din­ner, but un­for­tu­nately we have to keep go­ing.”

The pair started from their home town in Syd­ney and went to the May­field Gar­dens, then to Mudgee, through to Gunnedah, then to In­verell, through to Texas then across to Stan­thorpe, then to Toowoomba, Gayndah and to Mun­dub­bera.

The jour­ney was es­ti­mated to take three months, how­ever an op­er­a­tion is re­quired for Mr Steer back home in Syd­ney.

“It was meant to be a three month trip, but it’s been cut short due to a me­lanoma re-ap­pear­ing,” Mr Steer said.

“We still have six weeks re­main­ing, so that’s enough time to visit more places.”

He says it’s vi­tal that tourists visit the re­gion as it keeps peo­ple em­ployed.

“In lit­tle towns it’s very im­por­tant and it keeps peo­ple in jobs and makes the econ­omy go around,” Mr Steer said.

Mrs Steer praised Mun­dub­bera’s fa­cil­i­ties.

“It’s one of the best places we’ve stayed and they’ve got the clean­est ameni­ties in the re­gion, we’ll def­i­nitely be re­turn­ing next time we’re around,” Mrs Steer said.

Sher­rie and An­drew Bre­itkopf, from the Three Rivers Car­a­van Park, said it had been a good sea­son for no­mads.

“From May and June they come through look­ing for warmer weather. The num­bers have been good and they at­tend the shows and tourist at­trac­tions,” Mrs Bre­itkopf said.

“We’ve had 150 sites turn over in one month which is pretty good for us.

“We work re­ally hard to get our fa­cil­i­ties up to scratch for those vis­it­ing the re­gion.”

❝ We work re­ally hard to get our fa­cil­i­ties up to scratch for those vis­it­ing the re­gion. — Sher­rie Bre­itkopf

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

WEL­COME NO­MADS: Pa­tri­cia Steer with Gor­don Steer and their dog Jazzy are from Syd­ney and have praised Mun­dub­bera fa­cil­i­ties.

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