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March 2019


Bundaberg CMCA Park

Bundaberg CMCA RV Park

CMCA opens gates to non-members

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The CMCA, Australia's largest RV club with over 70,000 members, has relaxed its rules and will now allow non-members to use its low-cost RV parks.

Up to 15 percent of sites may be available during busy periods but each park will be assessed individually to determine the mix.

The club has parks in Ingham, Bundaberg, Chinchilla (Qld) and Railton (Tas) and its facility in Euston (NSW) is undergoing redevelopment while a sixth in Penola (SA) is in its early stages of development.

These parks were initially designed for members only but after consultation with the membership and other strategic partners, the club's board has decided that now is the perfect opportunity to further develop the budget camping option.

CMCA members are charged $3 a night to stay at the RV parks, but non-members will have to fork out $15 nightly.

Association chairman Garry Lee described it was an exciting step for increasing the club's membership.

"Enhancing participation is one way we can continue to grow and prosper as a club," he said.

Park rules and regulations will remain the same for both members and non-members..

"Only once in the last two years has our RV park in Ingham been at full capacity, and that was only the result of a major tourism event held at the time," Mr Lee said.

"There are times throughout the year where our parks are underutilised, and this gives us an opportunity to make them available to non-members for a slightly higher fee, which can be reassessed at any time.

"We hope members will use this opportunity to welcome non-members to our parks so they can develop a feel for the community they could become a part of.

"This concept opens up a larger market, and local government has been more accommodating already.

"We have gained interest from 40 councils across Australia who will consider allowing CMCA to lease or purchase suitable blocks of land for park development."

The number of commercial parks available around Australia is reportedly declining, with only 1300-1400 currently operating.

But the demand for a low-cost alternative is increasing and CMCA says it is now meeting this need across the country.


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