Free camp for grey nomads would help
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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
STOPPING BY: Grey nomads Colleen and Tony Fuhrmann visited Rockhampton this year and stayed at Kershaw Gardens.