'Meeting the needs of a wide range of
Townsville's draft RV and camping
strategy attracts more than 250 submissions
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QUEENSLAND'S Townsville City Council has
updated its proposed Recreational Vehicle and Camping Strategy after
receiving more than 250 submissions on the draft.
The strategy was developed to improve visitor numbers, increase the amount
of money spent in the region and review community feedback.
Acting Mayor Mark Molachino (pictured) said the
council welcomed the responses it received during the two-month survey.
"RV and camping travel is one of the fastest-growing tourist sectors in
Australia, so we need to make sure the region can meet the needs of a wide
range of tourists, especially in the peak season from June to August," he
"The RV and Camping Strategy looks at more than just the council
campgrounds ... it is also focusing on how we can encourage the private
sector to expand and take advantage of this rapidly growing tourism
industry to support jobs and the Townsville economy.
"Camping and RV tourist numbers have doubled in the last 10 years and the
strategy aims to make the region the highlight of their trip to North
"Community consultation is really important to get this right, which is
why we asked for residents and tourists to have their say through the Have
Your Say platform and receiving 255 submissions means we know which parts
of the strategy need a second look."
Community Safety and Environment Committee chairwoman Margie Ryder said
most submissions received were residents and travellers expressing
concerns over the proposed booking fees and online booking systems for
"Part of the strategy called for the implementation of an online booking
system and a small booking fee to make managing the campgrounds more
"After the feedback we received, we took another look at these parts of
the strategy," she said.
Without a booking system
it becomes difficult to ensure campers move on
"One issue council has with these campgrounds
is that without a booking system, it becomes difficult to ensure campers
are moving on and allowing space for other travellers to stay.
"To combat this and address concerns from the submissions received,
council will still adopt an online booking system, but will also take
phone bookings through Customer Service for those without internet access.
"This will allow council staff to manage bookings more efficiently,
especially during our peak winter months.
"Council proposes to postpone the introduction of a booking fee for 12
months to collect more data."
Australian Caravan Club director Graeme Tree said campers and RV owners
injected a lot of money into the community.
"The development of the strategy is a good step to encourage all
travellers to stop and stay and spend some money in the region," he said.
"We have determined that an RV couple spends around $100 a day on
accommodation, fuel and sightseeing so that's quite a significant dollar
figure that is up for grabs."
Mr Tree thought people would embrace the online booking system.
"Most RV owners have internet access. I have a mobile phone with 4G or
generally a laptop, so that is not a big deal.
"Anyone with a smartphone can do it. I would suggest 80 to 90 percent of
our members could book online."
The 2020 RV and Camping Strategy can be downloaded from the
Parks, Trails & Camping page.
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