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September 2017


Bundaberg's old showground

Bundaberg's old showground

Rum City gives thumbs up for new RV park

Photographs: Dennis AmorBundaberg's old showground
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QUEENSLAND'S Rum City is to get another RV park.

Bundaberg Regional Council has given the green light for the facility to be built at the city's old showgrounds near the railway station.

Up to 50 more fully self-contained recreational vehicles will be accommodated in the city which, which among other things, is famous for its rum production.

Only members of the Caravan and Motorhome Club of Australia will be able to use the park, prompting complaints from caravanners and other travellers.

"This land belongs to the people and it seems so unfair that only a select few will be able to  overnight there,"  Queensland grey nomad Fred Taylor commented.

It should be available for all travellers, CMCA members or not."

The regional council's Cr Ross Sommerfeld said the CMCA  would be fully responsible for the development following the conditional approval.

"The site will require minimal development with potable water, electricity, refuse storage and a single dump point among the requirements. All services including the internet are available," he said.

"A lawn locker, a concrete slab and shelter and some signage should complete the infrastructure requirements.

"An onsite caretaker will be responsible for overseeing the park activities and vehicle owners will need to comply with CMCA's self-contained vehicle policy,"

The land is in a flood-prone area of the city but Cr Ross said the itinerant nature of park occupants would mean that vehicles could leave quickly in the event of an emergency.
Pyefinch Bvd sign
"Given that there are flood-related issues, council has required the park operators to provide a flood evacuation plan," he explained.

Entry to the old showgrounds was originally from Burrum Street but because of traffic congestion in the area a gated access will be provided off Pyefinch Boulevard.

Because the CMCA is a non-profit organisation, no infrastructure charges will apply to its application.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said the council was delighted the park had come to fruition and that an appropriate site had been located.

"This tourist park appears to be one of the few uses that is an ideal fit with this site," he said.

"The proximity to the CBD and shopping centres will ensure park users can easily access services and support many local businesses.

"The development of the park will be staged and during development no foliage may be removed without the permission of council.

"Additionally, camping is short term for fully self-contained vehicles and no tents are allowed."

The mayor said the region was achieving its RV Friendly aim and the facilities currently available in Childers were a clear demonstration of the need and the benefits of the parks.

"Over time, council has received many approaches regarding the establishment of an RV-friendly park," Cr Dempsey said.

"I believe the park will develop as a tremendous community asset with a huge number of CMCA members set to experience the Bundaberg region in October at the group's national rally.

"I am sure that rally experience will see club members returning to the region as part of their regular travels."


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