Peter Shadforth (above), RV Homebase chair, got Fraser Coast councillor Gerard O’Connell to check out the heavy machinery during their visit to the Tinana site (right) yesterday.
Peter Shadforth (above), RV Homebase chair, got Fraser Coast councillor Gerard O’Connell to check out the heavy machinery during their visit to the Tinana site (right) yesterday.

RV Homebase inventor delighted

THE MAN who dreamed up the RV Homebase project was in Maryborough yesterday to share the moment when the dream began to become a reality.

Peter Shadforth, chair of RV Homebase, was clearly excited about the prospect, with a 365-day happy hour hut one of many factors bringing a smile to his face.

Mr Shadforth, who hails from the Sunshine Coast, was also delighted a Fraser Coast firm had won the first major contract for the project and highlighted the significant benefits that would flow.

“The RV Homebase project will create significant opportunities, local investment, regional visitation and national exposure for the area,” he said.

“It is one of the largest and most far-reaching projects commenced in the Fraser Coast region for years.

“We have worked with a local eco design team from inception.

“We are investigating heavily upfront in facilities and infrastructure and we plan to build all our homes on-site so there will be extensive immediate and ongoing opportunities for trade suppliers and sub-contractors over the projected three to four year time frame.”

RV Homebase is designed from the ground up to cater for caravan and motorhome owners and will offer residents a low maintenance, 6-star energy-rated, eco-friendly home with the ability to park a full size van or motorhome undercover alongside their home.

Residents will have unlimited access to $3 million worth of RV focused services, including a high tech van wash, a happy hour hut, outdoor kitchen and a 25m swimming pool.

A bowls rink, hobby workshop, half-court tennis, fitness centre, three-hole pitch and putt golf course, off-leash dog area, dance floor and walking trails will also be incorporated into the plan.

Project manager Barry Rawlinson said the Tinana site, five minutes from Maryborough CBD, was ideal but not easy to uncover.

“Finding the right paddock with the right zoning was crucial and we had to be able to buy at the right price,” he said.

“It's an incredibly good-looking site.”

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