Nomads take their time enjoying city
HUNDREDS of grey nomads who visited the city earlier this month for the Dam Fine Rally have stayed on, injecting more than $ 300,000 into the local economy.
About 250 motorhomes verged on the Ross Dam for confour nights of entertainment, food, friendship and fun with more than half staying on for the Townsville 400.
Townsville’s Tropical Coast Wanderers secretary Jean Iverson said the rally, which was held for members of the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia, had been a success and was a coup for the city.
“Forty per cent of our registrations were first- timers to Townsville ... it means 80 motorhomes were visiting the city for the first time because of the rally,” Mrs Iverson said.
“We asked them how they had heard about it and they had been told by friends and people they met on the road not to miss the Dam Fine Rally, so it was mostly word of mouth.”
Bundaberg couple Carol Atkinson, 76, and Barry Sullivan, 78, travelled to the rally in their motorhome with their maltese poodle cross named Misty. The retirees stayed in Townsville for a total of 10 nights visiting friends and seeing the sights.
“It is our first time staying in Townsville this long and we are really enjoying it,” Mrs Atkinson said. “Townsville has the nicest climate, south of here is too cold and north of Townsville is too humid.”
Mrs Iverson said the motorhome visitors had spent money on fuel, groceries, sightseeing, medical appointments, chemists and parts and maintenance on their motorhomes including batteries and tyres which can cost $ 500 each. She said one pizza house at Willows received an order for 50 pizzas to be delivered to grey nomads still camped at the dam.
WANDERING LIFE: Barrie Sullivan and Carol Atkinson with Misty attended the Dam Fine Rally and stayed in Townsville for 10 nights.