New park opens for business, welcoming tourists
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.
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.