Kandanga RV 'boom'
STATE Government funding for the Mary Valley Renewal project has scored a hit with Gympie campervan owners Clive and Joan Adcock.
And they say Kandanga’s mobile home and caravan stop, recently built by Gympie Regional Council with a Queensland Government grant, will be a significant economic boost to the town.
“It’s a billion-dollar industry,” Clive said yesterday when he and Joan joined council Works and Services Committee chairman Larry Friske and Friends of Kandanga members David Sims and Puddy Dan.
“More than 100,000 people travel around Australia in 60,000 motor homes, and there are about 30,000 caravans – many of them on the road all the time.
“Generally they spend at least $80 to $100 a day wherever they set up for the night,” he said.
All that adds up to millions of dollars injected into regional economies every day.
“We’re trying to get Gympie recognised as RV (recreational vehicle) friendly, with signs on the highway so people stop and spend some time and money here,” Joan, a former Gympie Mayor, said yesterday.
The couple are members of the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia and are building the region’s profile with one of its largest domestic tourism markets.
“We’re hoping that, with some of the area’s attractions, they might even stay longer than one night,” Clive said.
“Once we get ‘RV friendly’ signs we’ll start to get more visitors,” Joan said.
“There’s a bowls club across the rail line, a cafe and shops, and a pub around the corner,” Cr Friske observed yesterday.
“It’s a really top little spot.”