Com­par­ing Gat­ton’s fa­cil­i­ties

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IN RE­SPONSE to Gra­ham Wessling’s let­ter (Star, Oc­to­ber 4) with ref­er­ence to Gat­ton Recre­ational Ve­hi­cles Stopover. Very con­cern­ing how this site has been de­vel­oped. How ridicu­lous that a quite ser­vice­able toi­let fa­cil­ity on this site was re­moved. Far bet­ter to have re­fur­bished for the ben­e­fit of RV Trav­ellers. Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil is mis­in­formed if they be­lieve RV trav­ellers are to be en­cour­aged to visit this re­gion, by pro­vid­ing a “dump” site with a one day/night stopover. Cer­tainly not good enough by far. Pro­vi­sion of a well-run or op­er­ated mo­bile mo­tor van park would be more ad­van­ta­geous for tourist dol­lar in­vest­ment.

My wife and I, have and do, use such fa­cil­i­ties, as we “take a break” into other re­gions with our van. We look for well main­tained, clean fa­cil­i­ties, with op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore lo­cal ar­eas, en­joy­ing our stopover. We have just re­turned from Stan­thorpe. We parked for a few days in a very well op­er­ated, pristinely clean site and ameni­ties, at $35 a night. We grasped the op­por­tu­nity to tour the re­gion via a lo­cal bus ser­vice, vis­it­ing farms, busi­nesses and univer­sity, to have ex­plained to us, how cheese, wine, straw­ber­ries etc. are pro­duced in that re­gion. Very ab­sorb­ing and to­tally en­joy­able.

Com­par­ing Gat­ton to Stan­thorpe re­gional man­age­ment, is to com­pare chalk to cheese. Gat­ton’s RV stopover, dump site? Get real!! Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil would be bet­ter in­formed by vis­it­ing ar­eas closer to lo­cal, not China or Syd­ney.

— Bob Fowke, Re­gency Downs

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