According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins, the school holidays/Easter break has seen record numbers of Recreational Vehicle (RV) campers utilise the Freedom Camping facilities provided by Council at Wallabadah, Willow Tree, Currabubula, Premer and Spring Ridge, as well as the Quirindi Caravan Park.
“Council’s development of an RV strategy over the past 12 months or so is really starting to pay dividends,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“LPSC has invested in upgrading and opening new sites over this period of time. The upgrading of amenities at existing facilities and the new locations has led to an exponential increase in use and we are very happy with these outcomes, he said.
“There have been numerous nights when more than 30 vans/campers have utilised the always popular Wallabadah facility. It has been heartening to see good increases at the Premer site and the newer locations of Spring Ridge and Willow Tree are doing well and we expect this to grow even further,” he continued.
“We upgraded the Currabubula facilities late last year and a local business has reported to us that they were very impressed by the RV Strategy initiated by the Council. The recreation ground in Currabubula was opened in late November and at first it was slow getting the RV to stop but now we’re seeing a consistent flow of traffic which is very exciting. The RV travellers are stopping at the hotel and enjoying the experience which is great for business!
“This traffic gives a very welcome boost to businesses all around the Shire. We look forward to a further site being opened at Werris Creek in the not to distant future. All these facilities allow people to spend a number of days in the Shire taking in the rural grandeur from the Great Dividing Range, down the slopes and out onto the magnificent plains of the Caroona Basin, plus enjoying the attractions we have to offer,” he said.
“Just as importantly we are getting great feedback from the campers themselves. Our initiatives have had great support from the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) who have printed several articles in their magazine that goes out to thousands of campers and we’ve just had a fantastic 5 page story about the facilities in the latest edition of Caravan and Motorhomes on Tour Magazine.
“These articles plus word-of-mouth promotion between campers on the road has greatly assisted our endeavours to build a great relationship with this burgeoning industry and we thank everyone who has helped play a part for their invaluable support,” he continued.
“This upcoming weekend, Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April we look forward to entertaining more campers when the inaugural Magpie Bike and Film Fest will be held in Quirindi. Local and visiting bikers will hold a poker run on Sunday and all proceeds will go to the Quirindi Rotary Club. This rally is a little different because it includes a Film Festival at the Royal Theatre. The program is Friday at 7pm Wild Hogs, Saturday at 1.30pm Closer to the Edge and 5.30pm The World’s Fasted Indian. Sunday offering is 12 o’clock Boys at 3pm and at 5.30pm The Motorcycle Diaries,” he said.
“I encourage locals to join in the fun and of course to ensure our visitors are always made welcome.” Councillor Hawkins concluded.