Council Invites Communities to Consider Camping Opportunities

6 July 2017 


At June’s General Meeting, Council resolved to examine further opportunities for Recreational Vehicle (RV) rest areas and camping for short stays throughout the whole region but particularly in our small communities.

Council would particularly like to hear from interested parties about how they could accommodate RV visitor rest areas and short stay camping. To this end, Council will hold a forum inviting individuals, businesses and communities to present their proposals.

The Southern Downs Region enjoys visitors from all parts of Queensland and from interstate, and the popularity of RVs and camping continues unabated. Council would like to encourage these visitors to stay within the region for a longer period of time by providing them with more choice about where to stay. Council has identified small communities as ideal places for RV rest areas and short stay camping due to the boost in local economic growth.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said that camping appeals to visitors from all generations. “Grey nomads continue to make up the majority of RV drivers at present,” Cr Dobie said. “But we know that Generation X like to take their families and children camping, and Millennials are seeking exciting camping experiences, too.”

Council invites interested parties to consider the options for camping in their area and make a proposal to the forum. Council is keen to make it clear as part of the proposal process and forum how ‘camping’ is defined so that the community is not disadvantaged.

Cr Rod Kelly said that smaller communities will enjoy economic growth in their community with opportunities to cater to tourists and visitors.

Cr Kelly said that one of the strongest drivers behind the success of any community is the commitment and passion of local residents, and encouraged all interested communities to begin considering and preparing their proposals.

Further details regarding the details of the forum will come at a later date.

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