How we can become RV friendly industry on Fraser Coast

RECREATIONAL vehicle users based in Maryborough have been buoyed by news that the region's civic leaders will push to get free short-term parking for RVs in the city to capitalise on the booming $6.5-billion a year industry.

They pointed out they had no personal benefit but told of how they had seen communities around Australia given economic boosts by putting out the welcome mat for the self-contained vehicles looking to park in freedom.

Neil Tassell said huge numbers of totally self-contained caravans and motor homes were now on the road but few areas were providing places for them to stop.

"The caravan parks want us to stay there and use their showers and toilets and jumping castles. We have our own facilities and we are over kids. We want to do our own thing away from all that."

Cr Paul Truscott said the campaign by Maryborough and Tiaro Chambers of Commerce presidents Lance Stone and Darryl Stewart to get free short-term parking in the city was a great initiative.

"We need to get this moving as soon as possible. We want to bring RV dollars in from outside our community and we need RV Friendly status to achieve that."

The speakers were at the Maryborough Airport, one of two sites listed as suitable for free RV parking. Mr Stone and Mr Stewart are pushing for four nights' free parking for big rigs at the airport and two nights for smaller vehicles at Alan and June Brown car park.

Mr Stone said it was time to "open the door, rip the lock off the gate and welcome them".

"Our retailers and light industries are missing out on more than 100,000 customers a year because until we provide what they are looking for they will just keep driving up and down the Bruce Highway."

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