Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed figures released by Tourism Research Australia showing significant increases in nights spent in both commercial and non-commercial caravan parks and camping grounds by Australians for the year ending December 2016.
“The figures reveal caravan parks and commercial camping grounds saw an increases of 12% to 33.3 million nights over the last twelve months while non-commercial caravan parks and camping grounds increased by 22% to 18.3 million nights,” Councillor Hope said.
“Over the past eighteen months or so, LPSC has invested time and resources in developing RV friendly strategies and improving both facilities and the number of Freedom Camping Grounds available around the Shire. These new figures released certainly justify the direction Council has taken in regards to providing resources for and welcoming these travellers,” he said.
“This increase in caravan park and camping ground usage is reflected locally with an increase in RVers on our roads and utilising our facilities. Nationally the figures are huge with over 620,000 registered RVs in Australia and an an estimated 120,000 on the road at any one time. This figure has been growing steadily at around 9% per year and we look forward to this growth continuing well into the future,” he continued.
“As Council continues to build its economic development strategy we will be mindful of the the economic value of having affordable and accessible caravan parks and budget freedom camps in our various communities. We will continue to encourage local businesses to get onboard, and to provide for the needs of these visitors with friendly and affordable service. Surveys amongst the RVers themselves indicate they spend an average of just over $100 per day when on the road. Multiplying that by 120,000 RVs on the road at any given time highlights the potential value of the RV industry to the local economy,” he said.
“We have worked closely with the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) and other organisations to determine what requirements their members have and are endeavouring to meet these where possible. We greatly appreciate the input and co-operation of these groups and will continue to work with them for mutual benefit. Improvements have been carried out at our original freedom camping areas at Wallabadah, Premer and Currabubula with additional sites already, or coming online soon, at Willow Tree, Spring Ridge and Werris Creek plus works being undertaken at the caravan park in Quirindi. We look forward to these visitors becoming even more important parts of our friendly, rural lifestyle,” Councillor Hope concluded.