Public meeting to be held about caravan park competition

THE Fraser Coast will be one of seven places in Queensland to host a public meeting over the competition between free, publicly owned caravan parks and private van parks that cost tourists.

The workshop will help to create statewide best practice guidelines for local governments to attract campers and caravanners without affecting private operators.

Minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey said camping options was a key issue raised by local governments in the Queensland Drive Tourism Strategy 2013-15.

She said the best practices produced through the workshops would be a guideline only, and not mandatory.

Fraser Coast Regional Council runs eight free overnight caravan spots and four fee-paying caravan parks in Hervey Bay.

Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the free spaces were deliberately set up in locations where they would not compete with private operators.

He said the workshop would help to guide growth in the burgeoning caravanning market.

"This will help us hopefully strike some balance," he said.

"I think it will help us to be informed."

Drive tourism accounts for a major portion of the Fraser Coast's market, with 470,000 people from Brisbane and other areas of regional Queensland visiting the Fraser Coast from March 2012-March 2013.

The workshop will be held at the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere from 1 to 4pm on Friday, October 25.