Council says it will help RV's
FRASER Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell has said the council will accommodate any large RV groups visiting Bauple after a business owner announced they will shut down due to the reduction in potential RV sites.
Bauple Friendly Grocer owners Mark and Yolande Bromet will shut the doors to the only grocery store in town at the end of the month.
They have said a decision from the Fraser Coast Regional Council to change the location of the RV park, reducing the potential RV sites from more than 30 to about 6, was behind the closure.
Cr O'Connell said the council would continue to use the former RV site at the Bauple Recreation Ground or at Rosendale Park if there was overflow from the new site in the centre of town.
RV's stopped being able to use the Bauple Recreation Grounds in mid-August after the decision last year to develop the new site opposite the Bauple Friendly Grocer.
The council spent about $160,000 to develop the site.
"RV's are a relatively new phenomenon to Bauple," Cr O'Connell said.
The Bromets have said the decision was detrimental to the town's reputation for RV's and grey nomads.
Ms Bromet said the majority of Bauple had told the council they wanted the RV site at the recreation grounds to remain and be developed.
Cr O'Connell said public consultation from community meetings in Bauple had shown most wanted the new site in the centre of town.
He said part of the RV site at the recreation ground was actually an athletics oval for the school.
The store will cease trading on September 30.