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Adam Marshall MP

Mr Msrshall surveys the reserve

"Great way to raise funds'

Grant could give reserve power to be number one

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IT IS hoped a $29,900 government grant will help turn a public reserve in NSW into a popular attraction for grey nomads.

THE Gurley Public Recreation Reserve could become the number one accommodation venue in the district for caravans, according Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.

The State Government handout will be used to improve power supply at the site.

Mr Marshall said the Reserve Trust had been working hard to make the ground more caravan-friendly to attract more people to stay.

"he Gurley Public Recreation Reserve is the social heart of the community and has so much to offer when it comes to affordable accommodation for grey nomads travelling up and down the Newell Highway," he said.

"This grant, made available through the NSW Crown Reserves Improvement Fund, will support the trust in installing underground power lines and increasing the number of power outlets at the ground to five camping sites."

The latest figures show the average length of stay in the region for visitors is about 2.6 nights, with an average spend of $150 nightly.

"Last year tourism injected $65 million into the Moree Plains Shire economy and through developments like this it would be great to see more of that money being shared to communities like Gurley," Mr Marshall said.

Gurley Public Recreation Reserve Trust president Karen Munn said the installation of power outlets would help raise valuable revenue for the grounds.

"Since 2016 the trust has been trying to improve the amenities and encourage more visitors to stay in town," she said.

"With no sign of the drought breaking, the tourist dollar is becoming more and more important to keeping little communities like ours afloat.

"The Trust sees camping as a great way to raise funds for the upkeep and maintenance of the grounds and if we can capture a larger share the visitor dollar by providing a couple of extra camping spots then that is a great outcome."


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