Fact sheet to help
Redland council plans
to provide short-stay area for RVs
Have your say
REDLAND City Council in South East
Queensland will call for expressions of interest from community and
not-for-profit organisations to provide a short-stay facility for RVs.
"It's important to note that such a facility is not expected to unduly
impact on current caravan parks and council will continue to support and
work with existing commercial campground and caravan park operators,"
Mayor Karen Williams said.
He said the move followed finalisation of an Economic Needs Assessment (ENA)
which found there was a definite need for, and clear economic benefits
from, a short-stay facility for RVs.
The ENA identified a preferred operational model and 20 potential sites on
private and public land.
"The RV traveller market has been identified as one of the fastest growing
tourism sectors in the last 15 years and we need to ensure our naturally
wonderful Redlands Coast caters for the needs of this market," Cr Williams
"These low-cost basic camping grounds are planned for short stays of three
to five days for self-contained RVs and caravans.
"While the sites may generally provide base infrastructure it is not
required that they include all the services of a caravan park such as
toilets, showers, camp kitchen, laundry or kiosk facilities.
"The recommendation is that it be a permanent all-year-round facility, and
that council outsource the operation and management to a not-for-profit or
community organisation, preferably one with 'branding to ensure confidence
in terms of the standard of visitor experience.
"It's also important to note that such a facility is not expected to
unduly impact on current caravan parks and council will continue to
support and work with existing commercial campground and caravan park
The ENA estimated there was demand for a facility accommodating between 20
and 25 RVs and caravans.
"The assessment showed that even a small facility could attract an extra
4100 visitors to our region each year, spending an extra $130,000 with our
local businesses and tourism operators," Cr Williams said.
"These flow-on benefits could increase if the facility was managed by a
well-known branded not-for-profit or community organisation on a site
close to shops, dining and entertainment with good access to the bay, and
a curated experience to tourist attractions on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah)
and the mainland."
The council has developed a fact sheet to assist not-for-profit and
community organisations interested in providing suitable short-term stay
The timing of the EOI process is subject to resource availability.
A report outlining the outcomes of the process will be brought back to a
future council meeting.
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