23 June, 2020
Gunnedah’s tourism industry has received a boost with a concept plan for a new Recreational Vehicle Park close to the CBD supported at last week’s Ordinary Council Meeting.
The Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) plans to erect a Recreational Vehicle Park by the river at 107-109 Chandos Street and 65-67 Maitland Street.
The park will form part of a network of low-cost commercial RV parks across Australia, available to members of the CMCA and other RV users.
The recreational facility is specifically for self contained vehicles and with the exception of a single caretaker site there are no formal sites, helping cater to a wider range of vehicles.
The CMCA plans to undertake landscaping and will plant several new trees. Common facilities include dump points, electricity, water and a communal shelter for barbeques and gatherings.
Mayor of Gunnedah Shire Council Jamie Chaffey said the park will add to the region’s tourist credentials and draw a new visitor demographic to the Shire.
“While we currently have parks with great amenities and facilities, there are groups of self-sufficient travellers looking for low cost spots to pull up,” Cr Chaffey said.
“These tourists are currently setting up at free camping spots on our town’s periphery. The new location only 400 metres from the Gunnedah CBD will allow visitors to spend more time in town where they can take advantage of local shopping and dining.
“The parks location on flood zoning also means it is unsuitable for other commercial development, so this is an opportune way to utilise this land and enhance the Riverine Precinct.
“This new Recreational Vehicle Park will see Gunnedah become a preferred stop for travellers.”
Now that Council has agreed to concept, the project will be subject to a Development Application to be lodged in the coming weeks.
The proposal is in line with Gunnedah Shire Council’s destination plan, which focusses on supporting infrastructure and services that grow the tourism sector and improve the accommodation base of the Shire.
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