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Bunbury mayor Gary Brennan

Bunbury's Mayor Gary Brennan

Tills ring merrily for local traders

Bunbury enjoys benefits
of providing rest areas

Have your say

BUNBURY City Council in WA has now experienced the benefits of throwing down the welcome mat for caravanners and other grey nomads.

Figures show that nearly a thousand travellers have already taken advantage of the city's experimental 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.

And the council is now asking locals for their views and whether they would like to see the rest areas made permanent, with submissions invited until December 5.

The tills at local businesses have been ringing merrily since the facilities were opened about a year ago, with an estimated $227,000 being poured into the local economy.

Locals have welcomed the rest areas, with one posting on social media: "I have loved seeing these travellers interacting with locals walking cycling or swimming. They are friendly, respectful and add a holiday feel to our beautiful city. Keep it going I say."

Local Mayor Gary Brennan is delighted with the results.

"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," he said.

The trial at the rest areas near Bunbury's iconic beaches and city centre 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 receive a welcome pack including information about Bunbury such as maps and tourist guides.

The city has been collecting data from travellers over the past 12 months which reveals some interesting figures.

More than 69 percent of visitors were from interstate, almost 40 percent were over the age of 65 years and $226,631.27 was estimated to be spent in the city.

Submissions on the trial and feedback can be given by going to


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