BRING THEM HERE: Councillor Paul Truscott says he will continue the push to make the Fraser Coast RV friendly status by advocating for more free parking for self-contained RVs.
BRING THEM HERE: Councillor Paul Truscott says he will continue the push to make the Fraser Coast RV friendly status by advocating for more free parking for self-contained RVs. File

Truscott fights to make region RV-friendly

THE push to make the Fraser Coast RV friendly will continue says councillor Paul Truscott.

At last Wednesday's council meeting, Cr Truscott put forward a motion asking for a report into potential changes to the council's Camping Options Strategy.

The motion narrowly passed by a vote of six to five and the report will be handed down next month.

The Camping Options Strategy was adopted only 17 months ago.

Cr Truscott said he understood some of his fellow councillors believe the original strategy needed time to work.

But Cr Truscott said he was not part of the team that had adopted the strategy and he believed changes could be made that would result in attracting more of the RV market to the Fraser Coast.

Currently RV owners are required to show a receipt for a local purchase of $10 to be entitled to stay overnight as part of the Stop and Shop strategy and Mr Truscott said that requirement needs to be removed.

He said the length of stay should also be increased from 24 hours to 48.

The motion also suggested increasing the number of spaces for self-contained RVs within the Alan and June Brown car park and for options to be provided for suitable council land as camping options for self-contained RVs in close proximity to the CBD.

Cr Truscott said making the Fraser Coast more RV friendly would not have an adverse effect on the region's caravan parks.

He said the RV market would continue to drive past the Fraser Coast unless more of an effort was made to bring travellers here.

"There are billions of dollars driving by us on the highway," he said. Cr Truscott said those with self-contained vehicles did not need the facilities offered by caravan parks. But he said those in need of facilities would continue to find the region's caravan parks attractive options.

The Fraser Coast currently does not have RV-friendly status from the Caravan and Motorhome Club Australia, but Cr Truscott said with his changes he was confident the region could gain it.

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