Consultation ahead about motorhomes

Cr Joe McCracken wants the community’s views on welcoming motorhomes to Colac.

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.

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One Response to “Consultation ahead about motorhomes”

  1. Mike Holland

    The move to make Colac an RV friendly town is a great one. Colac is well placed on the way to and from Melbourne and return from the Gt. Ocean Road. It makes a great location to stop for those returning hire vehicles or on the way out heading west. We have many food outlets for purchasing supplies, eateries of all kinds and a flourishing local fayre industry. We have a great visitor information centre. Colac is on the edge of the second largest volcanic plains in the world with lots of tourist opportunities. There are also outlets for camping supplies and gas. As a ‘grey nomads’ we enjoy staying in RV towns and probably contribute quite a lot to the local economy, park site fees, meals, retail outlets. People touring in RV’s and caravans are not looking for permanent accommodation in motels. Parking areas or simply the length and width of a parking bay is important. Access to a ‘dump point’ – won’t describe for the faint hearted – can be pretty important. Check on the web sites for RV friendly towns and Colac would certainly not be alone.