Community members and businesses can have a say in whether Colac becomes an “RV friendly town” in an attempt to attract motorhome tourists.
Cr Joe McCracken moved a motion at the council’s monthly meeting for the council to have six weeks of consultation to gain the community’s feedback on the proposal.
Cr McCracken said the council could take simple steps to gain “RV friendly” accreditation from the Caravan Motorhome Club of Australia.
The CMCA encourages motorhome and caravan users to visit RV friendly communities which provide short-term, low-cost parking for self-contained vehicles, plus amenities and services for travellers. This includes motorhome parking within town centres so travellers can access shops.
Cr McCracken said remarking car parks and adding “long vehicle” signs would cost the council $2000 to $3000.
“It’s a modest investment that would pay dividends well in excess of that $2000 to $3000,” he said.
Cr McCracken said being RV friendly would allow Colac to tap into the recreational vehicle and “grey nomad” market.
“This is just one small way of us capturing the passing trade of untapped potential,” he said.
Cr McCracken said he wanted to encourage people to spend more money in central Colac.
“We are going to look after the businesses who pay rates,” he said.
Mayor Chris Potter said the council would consult with caravan parks and accommodation providers.
“We’re mindful of any potential negative effects of becoming known as an RV friendly town,” Cr Potter said.
Cr Jason Schram said he supported having better parking in Colac, but didn’t want to encourage people to park overnight in Colac and not pay for accommodation.
Cr Schram said accommodation providers had contacted him to oppose making Colac an RV friendly town.
“I don’t see a big drive for this,” he said.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.