RVs the focus in March review of council's camping strategy
GROWING the Fraser Coast's RV market is expected to be the hot topic when the Camping Options Stakeholder Group re-unites to review the region's camping policy.
After developing the Camping Options Strategy and seeing it endorsed by councillors in 2015, the stakeholder group will return next month for its annual review.
Tiaro Chamber of Commerce president Darryl Stewart was part of the group formed to develop a strategy to increase visitors to the region increase by 35%
The policy resulting from the group's report was a 'stop and shop' plan for RVs stopping Hervey Bay and Maryborough, and a $10 permit system for Tiaro.
Mr Stewart said the down had seen a drop in RV travellers stopping in his highway town since the introduction of the police.
"The Tiaro businesses have lost business since this permit fee was introduced," he said.
"If you look on the Gympie north side at that overnight camping area it's nearly chock-a-block full all of the time.
"In Childers their RV overnight stop is very popular.
"RVs haven't got to go too far to bypass the Fraser Coast."
Mr Stewart said he would fight for free RV sites at Tiaro.
"There's a big percentage of the population going around Australia and we're ignoring them," he said.