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Gordonvale's revamped Greenpatch campsite

Gordonvale's revamped Greenpatch campsite

'Fantastic family-friendly place to visit'

Sugar town braces for influx after campground upgrade

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THE small sugar town of Gordonvale in far north Queenland is bracing for an influx of grey nomads following the opening of a multi-million dollar upgraded overnight camping ground.

The $2.28 million Greenpatch RV friendly redevelopment off the Bruce Highway received a $1.75 million contribution from the State Governrment's signature Works for Queensland program.

It offers 42 campsites and a new amenities block with toilets and showers, dump point and picnic spots. Located on the banks of the Mulgrave River and Hemming Creek,

The camping ground has been closed during the wet season while work progressed.

Speaker of the Queensland Parliament and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt, who attended the semi-formal reopening on November 1, said it has now been transformed from a basic camping site to a free short-stay campground and day-use location.

"I've been working with the council for many years to formalise the management of Greenpatch to attract RV tourists and stimulate the economy of the Gordonvale business district," he said.

"New amenities and hot showers, potable water, picnic shelters and BBQs make it a fantastic family-friendly place to visit, while a new flood warning system will increase visitor safety."

The facility will be managed by Cairns Regional Council.


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