Unfriendly hic­cup in RV sta­tus

North West Telegraph - - Front Page - Sophia Con­stan­tine

The Town of Port Hed­land is com­mit­ted to at­tract­ing RV tourists to the town. Mayor Camilo Blanco

The Town of Port Hed­land’s sta­tus as a recre­ational ve­hi­cle-friendly town has been with­drawn.

The sta­tus, granted in De­cem­ber last year, was with­drawn on the ba­sis the over­flow camp­ground at the Port Hed­land Turf Club is not open all year round.

How­ever, Town of Port Hed­land Mayor Camilo Blanco said the au­thor­ity would con­tinue to make plans to re­gain the sta­tus.

“The Town of Port Hed­land is com­mit­ted to at­tract­ing RV tourists to the town and will be bring­ing to­gether all stake­hold­ers be­fore the end of the year to de­ter­mine the way for­ward for next sea­son,” he said.

The re­trac­tion of the sta­tus leaves only New­man and Kar­ratha as reg­is­tered RV Friendly Towns, af­ter the Shire of Ash­bur­ton made a de­ci­sion to put RV ac­tiv­i­ties on hold un­til the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and tourism man­ager po­si­tion in the Shire is filled.

At the Fe­bru­ary Pil­bara Re­gional Coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lors agreed that once one of the ma­jor towns in each lo­cal gov­ern­ment area had achieved the sta­tus, the Pil­bara would be­gin to mar­ket it­self as an RV friendly re­gion.

PRC chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Fri­day said dur­ing the pe­riod Port Hed­land re­mained un­ac­cred­ited in its sta­tus, the Pil­bara re­gion could not la­bel it­self as RV friendly.

Mr Fri­day said pro­mot­ing an RVfriendly sta­tus across the Pil­bara would en­cour­age trav­ellers to visit more lo­cal at­trac­tions and en­gage with the econ­omy.

“When you be­come RV friendly, you are agree­ing to off­set one of those costs (the big­gest costs associated with trav­el­ling), and that sends a pretty im­por­tant sig­nal,” he said. “Typ­i­cally, this par­tic­u­lar de­mo­graphic of tourists plan a long time ahead of their jour­neys.

“These are peo­ple who have spent tens, if not hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars on spe­cialised tour­ing equip­ment, RVs, and all the rest of it.”

Should the re­gional ac­tion plan go ahead, it would in­clude an RVfriendly map and brochure, so­cial me­dia pro­mo­tion and cam­paigns, press ar­ti­cles and more.

Mr Blanco said the coun­cil fully sup­ported the re­gional ac­tion plan.

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