APRIL 2020


Car park to accommodate RVs

Free overnight rest area trial for Vic town

Tatura's Douglas Street carpark

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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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