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Caravan club wants $1.5m RV park for Maryborough

THE Caravan and Motorhome Club Australia is aiming to build a 40-site RV park in Maryborough which could bring the town more than $1.5 million annually.

As the council asks for public comment on changes to allow caravan parks to build RV sites at a cheaper rate, the CMCA has opened their first self-managed park in Ingham, worth about $1.5 million.

CMCA state representative for Queensland Richard Mainey told the Chronicle that the nation's peak touring body wants to open a similar site in the heritage city.

"There's absolutely no reason we couldn't replicate that (monetary injection) with a similar park in Maryborough," he said.

"All we need the council to do is find us a suitable site."

With basic services such as a dump point and potable water, Mr Mainey said the site would be managed by the CMCA and not have any burden on rate payers.

Four spaces are allocated short-term parking in the Allan and June carpark in Maryborough - and Mr Mainey said this was not enough to secure RV-friendly status or make a notable economic impact.

"If we could expand that to 12 spaces we could make Maryborough an RV-friendly town.

"The traveller has to make a conscious decision to drive into Maryborough or Hervey Bay. At the moment there's a large portion that keep driving on by."

Fraser Coast mayor Gerard O'Connell said the amendments to the council's camping options strategy would make it easier for private caravan park owners to establish RV sites.

"We have relaxed and reduced the infrastructure charges for caravan park owners to make this RV option more viable," he said.

Cr O'Connell said the infrastructure charges had been reduced from $10,000 to $4,500.

"That gives them the option to charge less."

"Their club members aren't actually wanting free (parking) they want to make a contribution."

"I think that will qualify us for RV friendly status."

Mr Mainey said the CMCA had met formally with the council and it was up to them to allocate more space for RV's.

"The ball is in the court of the council," he said.

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