No­mads take their time en­joy­ing city

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE - EMMA CHAD­WICK emma. chad­wick@ news. com. au

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.

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

WAN­DER­ING LIFE: Bar­rie Sul­li­van and Carol Atkin­son with Misty at­tended the Dam Fine Rally and stayed in Townsville for 10 nights.

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