Weddin Shire mayor Mark Liebich called for a motion to continue negotiations with the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) at council’s March meeting after an address by CEO of CMCA Richard Barwick.
Mr Barwick attended the meeting on Thursday where he addressed Councillors regarding opportunities for Grenfell should they consider opening a CMCA RV park here in town.
Mr Barwick stated that the RV travel industry is the fastest growing sector in Australia and as this mode of tourism becomes increasingly popular, CMCA realise the need to promote and facilitate the RV lifestyle, with over 70,000 members CMCA are the largest RV Club in the southern hemisphere.
Mr Barwick said, “The benefit for you Mr Mayor and Mr GM is that by pursuing a partnership with CMCA we actually give council the economic spend, we capture that spend with a lot of material done via an online booking system, there is no cash transaction what so-ever,
“I would like to also mention that one third of our members will always stay in a caravan park, one third will do a mixture of low cost camps and caravan parks and there is a third that will never stay in a caravan park.”
Mr Barwick stated that in most towns where CMCA RV parks have been developed council run caravan parks have also most certainly benefited.
“By doing the basics right and by setting up under self containment, it opens up a big new world at a very minimal cost to council, if any, we develop our RV parks at our cost, we become a ratepayer and lease the site,
“We are a not-for-profit organisation and we have recently committed $2 million of our members fund to develop 20 parks, we fence the site, we put everything up, we walk away and the asset stays.” said Mr Barwick.
CMCA is the largest RV consumer group with 5600 caravans in the club and with self contained RV’s and camper trailers being the biggest emerging market Mr Barwick said he is excited at the prospects for towns like Grenfell.