Free camp for grey no­mads would help

LET­TERS TO THE ED­I­TOR

The Morning Bulletin - - YOUR SAY -

I READ on ABC Face­book where some peo­ple are con­cerned about busi­nesses los­ing out when the Ring Road is built.

There is one thing that can be done to help busi­nesses in Rock­hamp­ton and the Capri­corn Coast and that is to put in a large, longterm free camp for Grey No­mads.

Char­ters Tow­ers has one and it is worth over $4 mil­lion to the town. Towns such as Ararat and Co­lac in Vic­to­ria have the same. Other states have sim­i­lar camps, some run by ser­vice clubs, and have show­ers. Oth­ers have just toi­lets and a tap to use for a do­na­tion. In peak sea­son, Ararat can have 1200 or more a night no­mads stay­ing up to three or four months in these camps, then leave with­out a trace. Char­ters Tow­ers has 300 a night or more in win­ter.

My wife and I have trav­elled ex­ten­sively over the past fiveyears and stayed in these camps and have seen the ben­e­fits they bring, Rock­hamp­ton and Yep­poon are miss­ing out. Acamp some­where around the area would at­tract thou­sands of grey no­mads and bring mil­lions of dol­lars to the com­mu­nity.

All grey no­mads need is some­where to park with a ac­cess to a wa­ter tap, and a dump point and we are happy. We are not free load­ers.

David Rick­ertt ( CMCA Mem­ber) Kawana

Photo: Steph Allen

STOP­PING BY: Grey no­mads Colleen and Tony Fuhrmann vis­ited Rock­hamp­ton this year and stayed at Ker­shaw Gar­dens.

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