RV resort comes to Maryborough
GRANDPARENTS Peter and Noelene Shadforth are just crazy about grey nomadding in their 21-foot camper van – and so committed to the lifestyle they even designed their home to include a recreational vehicle port.
Now the Sunshine Coast couple has poured more than $1 million of lifesavings into creating Queensland’s first Recreational Vehicle housing resort in Maryborough.
“We had a dream and we’re making it come true,” civil engineer Mr Shadforth, 68, said yesterday.
“With my brother John I bought 90 acres on the corner of Teddington and Iindah roads a couple of years ago and we plan to build 202 one to four-bedroom homes, every one of them with an RV port.
“There’s only one of these RV estates in Australia – at Casino – and I’m picking that after Maryborough takes off they’ll spring up all over the country, just like in America.”
Making their dream come true hasn’t been easy.
The Shadforths won Fraser Coast Regional Council approval for their resort after 18 months. Now they’re offering investors 14 million shares, raising $14 million at $1 per share.
“It was a whole new learning curve for us,” Mr Shadforth, who is chairman of the newly formed company, RV Home base Fraser Coast said.
“We had to learn how to go down the legal track of producing an immaculate prospectus. Noelene took most of the photos for it and I have publicly committed to subscribing to a minimum of two million shares.”
The couple has just returned from Florida where they studied RV estates and they believe theirs will stack up pretty thoroughly against those they visited.
“We’re aiming at grey nomads who want peace of mind while they’re on the road, a community with whom they share a common interest and most importantly a secure place to park their RV right in their yard.
“They can even use it as an extra bedroom.”
The resort will feature facilities such as pools, a tennis court, bowls club, camp oven – and a 4pm happy hour 365 days of the year.
Mr Shadforth can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.