Overnight RV push
Chamber of Commerce backs idea to secure overnight parking for travellers:
TOURISM is a major contributor to small town economies and with the steady flow of travelling caravan, there is a greater need to have suitable overnight parking and facilities to keep the tourists in Childers.
The Crescent St carpark, last Friday morning was crammed with holiday makers stopping for a bite to eat and a browse around the main street shops.
Cars towing caravans were parked along the entire length of the street; one holiday maker from Newcastle, who asked to remain anonymous, said it was disappointing to be told by a caravan park manager they don’t except caravans.
“Childers is a beautiful town and it would’ve been nice to park here for the night, and at the moment Apple Tree Creek isn’t too inviting,” he said.
“My wife and I have been on the road for two years. The parking on Crescent St is perfect and it’s level,”
Being central to all the services of Childers, holiday makers are keen to spend more time and venture out around the region and experience what it has to offer.
The Childers Chamber of Commerce is in full support of overnight RV parking in Childers.
A spokesman on behalf of the chamber said they understand there are enormous economic benefits for the town by doing this.
“Richard Mainey, from CMCA (Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia), confirmed a study undertaken by them identified that this group spends on average $238 per day,” the spokesman said.
At a recent meeting between the BNBT, BRC, CMCA, CCC and the commercial operators in the district, all people in attendance agreed there would be economic benefits by allowing overnight parking in Crescent St.
After the meeting a letter was sent to the council from the Childers Chamber of Commerce confirming all attendees agreed the proposal should go ahead.
The letter requested the council to develop the necessary signage and for the community of Childers to be granted RV parking.
The chamber’s position on this matter is one of very strong support and they are motivated to push this proposal through to support the businesses of the town.
It is important the community understands: by not allowing RV overnight parking, businesses risk losing these visitors and the economic benefits they bring.
“Visitors to Childers will purchase their newspapers, coffees, meat, bread, milk and many other daily staple items from local businesses,”
RV PARKING: Chamber of Commerce president Ren Cini supports overnight parking in Childers for RVs.
RV PARKING: Childers Crescent St is full with parked holiday makers.