Winchelsea RV parking area set to stay in place

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Self-contained RVs are welcome in Winchelsea
Self-contained RVs are welcome in Winchelsea. PIC: Bay Radio

The Victorian town of Winchelsea is to keep its free camping area … despite the fact that studies showed it did not provide a significant positive impact for the town.

However, a review conducted by Surf Coast Shire Council also concluded that it wasn’t having a negative impact either, but it did generate a favourable image of Winchelsea as friendly and welcoming.

At its July meeting, the council decided to continue allowing use of the Barwon River site for visitors sleeping in self-contained RVs, caravans or motorhomes for a maximum of 48 hours.

The Recreational Vehicle (RV) Friendly parking area located between Mercer Street and Railway Bridge, was designated in May 2017 following a request from the Growing Winchelsea group, and completion of a 12-month trial.

Council rangers said they now regularly observed one to five vehicles at the site.

Winchelsea ward councillor Heather Wellington said she was pleased Winchelsea would remain RV friendly.

“There is strong community support for the RV area and it makes sense to keep it open,” Cr Wellington said. “Council has been maintaining the site with minimal cost and little fuss and our ranger services do a great job keeping an eye on compliance.”

Fellow ward councillor, James McIntyre, said continuing to generate positive image of Winchelsea was valuable.

“Good word travels, and there has been positive online chat about our site,” Cr McIntyre said. “We should be welcoming any opportunity to continue attracting people to our town and region so they can experience what we have to offer.”

Council budgeted $13,905 to continue operating the site.

The free parking area is prone to flooding so it can be closed to travellers at certain times.

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