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January 2019


Mayor Gary Brennan: delighted

Mayor Gary Brennan: delighted

Trial rest areas off to good start

Welcome mat already benefiting Bunbury

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BUNBURY City Council in WA is already feeling the benefits of throwing down the welcome mat for caravanners and other grey nomads.

Within weeks of opening three new experimental overnight camping spots for RV travellers, the tills at local businesses have been ringing merrily.

According to reports, scores of nomads have already taken advantage of the rest areas at Wyalup Rocky Point car park, Ocean Drive car park near Scott Street and the Maidens Reserve car park, also on Ocean Drive.

The council says the travellers have spent over $15,000 in the port city south of Perth.

Local Mayor Gary Brennan is delighted with the results.

"When we made the decision to do this trial I received emails from caravanners based on the east coast saying this is a wonderful thing ... and word gets around very rapidly," he said.

"Statistics have shown that 16 percent of RV owners will never stay in commercial overnight accommodation, which means we are missing out on this market who will then go elsewhere to spend their money.

"It is hoped that when stopping for one or two nights the travellers will either decide to stay longer and move onto one of our fantastic caravan parks or they will make a note to come back to Bunbury for their next trip."

The trial at the new rest areas, located close to Bunbury's iconic beaches and the CBD plus other shopping and dining options, will last for two years.

Only travellers in self-contained RVs are allowed to stay at the sites, which are patrolled by city officers to ensure the rule is complied with.

Camping in tents or sleeping in cars is not permitted.

Overnight campers will need a permit which can be collected from the Bunbury Visitor Centre.

They will receive a welcome pack including information about Bunbury such as maps and tourist guides.

City officers will patrol the sites to ensure the areas are only used by fully self-contained vehicles.

After 12 months the council will consult with users and the community to assess any social impacts before doing a final review at the two-year mark.


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