Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has officially opened the new Freedom Camping Area in Willow Tree. The facility is situated at the Recreation Ground at the end of Recreation Street. It provides toilets and showers, is pet friendly with potable water available and has the ability to cater for large caravans and motorhomes.
According to LPSC Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins, the Willow Tree Freedom Camping Ground not only provides another pleasant and affordable area for travellers with caravans and motor homes to stay for up to 72 hours, it complements freedom camping sites at Wallabadah, Premer and Currabubula and more basic sites at Caroona and Spring Ridge, with new sites being planned for Werris Creek and Blackville. “Of course for those desiring a higher degree of facility Quirindi has a caravan park plus a sewage dump point at Rose Lee Park,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“The new Willow Tree facility is another step in implementing Council’s Recreational Vehicle (RV) Strategy which aims to cater for the steadily growing tourism potential of self-contained recreational vehicles, caravans/motorhomes as well as the camping market. This market is an increasingly important contributor to the LPSC economy. Recent research through Tourism Research Australia reveals the average weekly spend of RV tourists is $500. When they stay at rest areas, 78% spend in the order of $80. LPS is investing to provide these travellers with value for money and an experience that won’t cost an arm and a leg,” he said.
Councillor Hawkins added that the best promotion for a region comes via word-of-mouth from travellers who have enjoyed their stay and this had resulted in the LPS being listed amongst the top 10 Shires for RV users in NSW.
The Free Camping Australia FB page has over 35,000 friends. The comments are amongst many LPS has received for its efforts catering for the requirements of RV users.
Part of Willow Tree Freedom Camping Ground and amenities block
There was a large turnout for the official opening of the Willow Tree Freedom Camping Ground with some members of the Australian Caravan Club travelling from as far as Shepparton in Victoria.
Earl Kelaher (right) cut the ribbon to officially open the new Freedom Camping Ground at Willow Tree assisted by Tom Smith (left), past Chair of the ACC and LPSC Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins (centre).
Tom Smith (left), past Chair of the ACC, presented Nikki Robertson (centre), Manager of LPSC’s Visitor Information Centre at Willow Tree and Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins (right) with a sign from the Australian Caravan Club acknowledging the Willow Tree Freedom Camping Ground as RV Stay friendly.