Overnight RV parking gets the go ahead
Crescent St RV spot has the go ahead from council
MOTORHOME owners who roll into Childers will be permitted to stay overnight following the approval of an application to Bundaberg Regional Council.
The Childers Chamber of Commerce, backed by local businesses, campaigned for the past three years for change to the Crescent St car park – which currently has signs marking bans on overnight stays.
“It’s a big bonus and it’s going to inject a hell of a lot of new revenue into the local economy,” Chamber secretary Geoff Bassett said.
“Becoming an RV friendly town will put us on the map.”
Cr Bill Trevor confirmed the idea had the green light following a meeting earlier this year involving the council, the chamber, Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism, industry representatives and local park operators.
“A decision was reached that will allow RV’s to stay overnight for 20 hours which is in line with current Main Roads procedure,” Cr Trevor said.
“An information pack is being developed and will be delivered by BNBT staff to people using the overnight parking option with the pack containing visitor information including details of local parks if the visitor chooses to stay for a further night.
“Overnight parking is now a well- established model to which many councils subscribe in an effort to drive economic benefit for their communities.”
According to the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia, the 55-70-year-old “grey nomad” demographic have more disposable income than any other tourist segment, and spend $66 to $73 a day while on the road.
“They’re out there to spend,” Mr Bassett said.
“We’ve been working on this over three years with TMR and the council, getting a dump point, fresh water and parking installed.
“The markings are down and we’re hoping to ‘cut the ribbon’ on October 1.”
BNBT chair Michael Owen said the idea was “a no-brainer”.
“Anything that attracts people to stay in Childers, a jewel of the area – to stay longer and spend more – is a good idea for the whole economy,” Mr Owen said.
“Thousands of cars each day drive through Childers, and it’s important we get them to spend here.”
The RV friendly concept was a niche that would aid the economy “in ways people don’t think about”, he said. “It’s not just milk, bread and pies, but tyres, repairs, electrical purchases, health services.”
But local caravan park operators feel it will only make business tougher.
Childers Tourist Park owner Soraya Lacey said the Crescent St spot had been used as an overnight spot illegitimately “for years”.
“What can we do? We’ve been here 16 years,” she said.
“I don’t disagree with (overnight stops) in the right areas, but here, taxpayers are funding all this when there are perfectly good places for people to stay.”
Becoming an RV friendly town will put us on the map. — Geoff Bassett
RELAXING REGION: RV owners Ken and Judy Reed from Wollongong with dog Charley plan on returning to the Bundaberg region.