$100k to improve RV facilities in a Fraser Coast town
MORE travellers could be coming to Tiaro soon as its RV facilities are set for a major upgrade.
The stop at Inman St will be the subject of the $100,000 project.
Half of that money is from the the government's new fast-track funding system and the rest is coming from the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
It's a step that Fraser Coast Division 2 Councillor Anne Maddern hopes will help Tiaro become classified as RV-friendly by the Campervan Motorhome Club of Australia in the near future.
"It has become a reasonably popular stop in the last few months, the numbers can fluctuate between 10-15 caravans there at once," she said.
"The money will go into making it an attractive place to stop, and will include some gardening work.
"There's a real issue there with drainage, which we will fix in order to prevent erosion.
"We will also make it a levelled site as we don't want the vehicles to be juggling over gutters."
The upgrade will include the placement of a large sign, informing of other RV facilities in the Fraser Coast to encourage the travellers to stay in the region longer.
"There will be the flow-on benefit to businesses in the community as a direct result of more people stopping by," Cr Maddern said.
The public will be consulted on the project in the near future.
Mayor Chris Loft said the announced upgrade was an appropriate next step in the council's plan regarding RVs.
"The upgrade is in line with the direction we are going," he said.
"We would love to be known all through the highway as being RV-friendly."
Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said the quick turnover of this method of funding would mean the project would be done quickly.
"Tiaro is a popular break stop for road travellers on the Bruce Highway," he said.
"This grant will improve the stopover area which is designed for caravans, RVs and drive tourists, providing short-term, overnight and self-contained camping," he said.
No town in the Fraser Coast is considered RV-friendly at the moment under the Campervan Motorhome Club of Australia's classification.
Our closest RV-friendly towns are Childers, Biggenden and Gympie.
There are two other projects that have also received funding under the government's fast-track funding system.
An alert rainfall station on the Maryborough-Biggenden Rd will be built thanks to a contributed $10,000 from the scheme, and a contributed $28,000 will go towards automated flood warning signs on Arborten Rd, Glenwood.
A criteria under the funding scheme is for projects to be delivered within 12 months of grant approval.