... concerns over rest area costs
Facility achieves only
at high costs of running
By Dennis Amor
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NOOSA Council in Queensland is investigating ways of running its
Cooroy RV Stopover at no cost to the local community.
follows concerns by councillors about the cost of operating the facility
in Mary River Road.
Figures reveal that the pet-friendly overnight
stopover achieved "modest patronage" during the last financial year,
averaging only five RVs a day.
Its operating loss was about $19,000
and the council says it would require a significant increase in visitor
nights to break even.
The $10-a-night stopover accommodates up to
40 fully self-contained RVs for up to four nights.
There are no
toilets, showers, cooking or power facilities and on-site release of grey
water or waste is forbidden.
A report before the council had
recommended against separate management bids by the Cooroy Chamber of
Commerce and the Cooroy Future Group.
The council's assessment
panel expressed concern at the reliance of volunteer staff and a lack of
At its last meetng, councillors approved a motion "to
define, negotiate and implement a community-led management model" which
would operate at no cost to ratepayers.
Meanwhile, the council will
continue operating the stopover under the current interim management
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