Council passes motion to review RV strategy
THE council's Fraser Coast Camping Options Strategy may be amended after a motion was passed at Wednesday's meeting.
Councillor Paul Truscott put forward a motion asking that the council's chief executive officer Lisa Desmond prepare a report to investigate options to amend the strategy, which has been in place for about 17 months, in an effort to bring RV owners to the region.
Mr Truscott said the Stop and Shop camping option should be reviewed, suggesting the length of stay should be increased to 48 hours.
Currently RV owners are required to show a receipt for a local purchase of $10 to be entitled to stay overnight and Mr Truscott said that requirement should be removed.
The motion also suggested increasing the number of spaces for self-contained RVs within the Alan and June Brown car park and for options to be provided for suitable council land as camping options for self-contained RVs in close proximity to the CBD.
The council was split on the amendments, with the motion eventually passing by a vote of six to five.
The motion was strongly debated between the councillors,with several advocating on behalf of the region's caravan park owners, several of whom addressed council during the public participation portion of the meeting.
Deputy Mayor George Seymour, Cr Darren Everard and Cr Stuart Taylor said it made no sense to revisit the strategy so soon after it had been put in place.
Cr Seymour said the council needed to give it time to work.
But councillor Anne Maddern, who seconded the motion, said RVs were passing the region every day on the highway and something urgently needed to be done to bring them to the Fraser Coast.
"They will drive past us, then no one in the community benefits," Cr Maddern said.
Mayor Chris Loft voted in favour of the motion, along with councillors Truscott, Daniel Sanderson, Denis Chapman, Cr James Hansen and Cr Maddern.
Cr Seymour, Cr Taylor, Cr Everard, David Lewis and Rolf Light were opposed.
Tianna resident and RV owner Nan Ott, an advocate for a change to the camping strategy, said she was pleased with the council's decision.