Overnight RV push

Cham­ber of Com­merce backs idea to se­cure overnight park­ing for trav­ellers:

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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,”

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

RV PARK­ING: Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Ren Cini sup­ports overnight park­ing in Childers for RVs.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

RV PARK­ING: Childers Cres­cent St is full with parked hol­i­day mak­ers.

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