More RV parking spaces for region?
TWO southern Fraser Coast chambers of commerce have collaborated to lobby the council to allow free parking in Maryborough for self-contained RVs.
Maryborough Chamber of Commerce president Lance Stone and Tiaro chamber president Darryl Stewart made the partnership announcement this week.
The chambers will lobby the council for more RV parking spaces in the Alan and June Brown car park and at the Maryborough Airport.
Mr Stone said for a minimal cost the council could quickly stimulate the economy of Maryborough and the Fraser Coast.
He said the move to make the region more hospitable to RVs would create more jobs in light industry and revitalise the retail and hospitality sectors.
"We need to move quickly to make these parking areas available, win RV Friendly status and declare that Maryborough will become the RV capital of Australia," Mr Stone said.
"Bundaberg is creating an RV superpark: councillors need to act now or we miss out again."
Calling on the council to amend its heavily criticised Fraser Coast Camping Strategies Options, Mr Stone said the amendment needed to cover only Maryborough.
"More than $3 billion dollars a year is now spent in Queensland by the RV community," he said.
"These people represent the wealthiest sector of our population with the highest disposable incomes."
Tourism councillor Stuart Taylor said "any request made by a body like the chamber of commerce is always considered".
"I'm happy to discuss it but it's important we have some consistency," he said.