RV-friendly town

New park opens for busi­ness, wel­com­ing tourists

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

THE Childers 20-hour RV park has of­fi­cially opened and is set to ben­e­fit the town fi­nan­cially from the ro­bust recre­ational ve­hi­cle mar­ket with des­ig­nated overnight park­ing area ad­ja­cent to the Childers CBD.

Mayor Jack Dempsey, who opened the fa­cil­ity, said the 20-hour stopover park­ing lo­ca­tion in Cres­cent St was an in­te­gral part of the roll-out of RV-friendly sites across the re­gion.

“Childers is a beau­ti­ful town and in­vites vis­i­tors through its nat­u­ral at­trac­tions,” Cr Dempsey said.

“This park pro­vides a fur­ther rea­son for peo­ple to stop, re­stock and en­joy every­thing Childers has to of­fer.

“Coun­cil has been in ac­tive discussions with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the self-con­tained car­a­van and RV in­dus­try and they are watch­ing with keen in­ter­est as we de­liver th­ese RVfriendly sites.”

Lo­cal busi­ness owner Ge­of­frey Be­han, of Be­hans Bar ‘n’ Grill, said the rest stop would ben­e­fit all busi­ness and the tourists would stay longer.

“Night trade for restau­rants has been slow in Childers and with the in­tro­duc­tion of the 20-hour stopover, hope­fully an im­prove­ment,” Mr Be­han said.

“The Gin Gin show­grounds al­ready caters to this mar­ket while in Bund­aberg, coun­cil is en­gaged in a con­sul­ta­tion process with stake­hold­ers re­gard­ing the po­ten­tial site for an RV park.”

“Transport and Main Roads ex­tended stay ar­eas are gen­er­ally 20 hours and coun­cil felt this was ap­pro­pri­ate for Childers,” Cr Dempsey said.

“In de­ter­min­ing the na­ture of the Childers RVfriendly lo­ca­tion, coun­cil took into con­sid­er­a­tion the need to ensure lo­cal car­a­van park oper­a­tors were not dis­ad­van­taged. Staff from Bund­aberg North Burnett Tourism have de­vel­oped spe­cial visi­tor packs which will be dis­trib­uted to RV own­ers util­is­ing the area.”

Camper­van and Mo­torhomes Aus­tralia CEO Richard Barwick said he would like to con­grat­u­late the busi­ness com­mu­nity of Childers for ac­tively pur­su­ing this tourism prod­uct into their area.

“The CMCA are pleased to pro­mote our RV-Friendly Town pro­gram into ar­eas such as Childers and de­velop it fur­ther through­out the re­gion,” Mr Barwick said.

“This will also boost the pro­file of Childers through the CMCA pro­mo­tion and mar­ket­ing streams in­clud­ing our monthly mag­a­zine, news feed on the web­site, Face­book, fo­rum and of course by word of mouth with other like-minded trav­ellers.

“Mem­bers in par­tic­u­lar looks for the RV-Friendly Town signs when en­ter­ing a town.”

Di­vi­sional rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cr Bill Trevor said the open­ing of the Childers RV-friendly lo­ca­tion was tes­ta­ment to the per­se­ver­ance of the Childers Cham­ber of Com­merce.

“This has been a goal of the cham­ber for a num­ber of years and I would con­grat­u­late them on the out­come and ac­knowl­edge the ef­fort they put into achiev­ing this re­sult.”

Childers is a beau­ti­ful town and in­vites vis­i­tors through its nat­u­ral at­trac­tions.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

RV TOWN: Camper­van and Mo­torhomes Aus­tralia CEO Richard Mainey, Kather­ine Mer­gard, of Bund­aberg North Burnett Tourism, Mayor Jack Dempsey and Childers Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Ren Cini.

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