Car park to
Free overnight rest area trial for Vic town
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GREATER Shepparton City Council in northern Victoria is striving to turn the
Goulburn Valley town of Tatura into an RV-friendly destination.
It plans to launch a post-coronavirus 12-month free camping trial at the
Douglas Street car park
(pictured) which would allow three self-contained RVs to stay for
up to 48 hours.
The council estimates the trial will cost more than $9000, including $3500
to hire CCTV to monitor the experiment.
The move follows a request from community members for a council-owned
carpark to offer free camping for RVs.
A report presented to councillors at their last meeting said there was
considerable debate on the economic benefits associated with the RV market
and they were difficult to quantify.
"There are groups that represent the RV market and those who represent
commercial caravan parks and businesses, with both noting arguments for
and against the provision of a site for this market," it said.
The report claimed the Victorian Caravan Parks Association had opposed the
provision of free camping, dump points and free water.
"As the peak body representing caravan parks throughout the state, they do
not support these facilities being provided for free," it said.
"But it does encourage towns to be very welcoming to RVs with an
alternative program, Community Welcomes Recreational Vehicles.
"There are numerous reports both for and against the provision of free
camping for RVs."
Tatura already has two caravan parks offering powered and nonpowered
sites, but the report pointed out there were limitations to the number of
sites able to accommodate large fifth-wheelers and RVs such as buses.
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