Van park investment likely despite nomad downturn

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Grey nomads are expected to desert the Gold Coast in favour of bushfire-ravaged areas.
Grey nomads are expected to desert the Gold Coast in favour of bushfire-ravaged areas.

Queensland’s Gold Coast is poised to spend $1.3 million on improving its council tourist parks … despite the fact that it expects the grey nomad market to take a major downturn.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reports that the city’s seven mainland tourist parks attract more than 130,000 visitors in a year, generating almost $19 million.

“There is an expectation that the recent bushfires in the south of Australia are likely to impact on our winter guests who are due to start arriving in May,” a council officer’s report said. “In prior years, where similar devastation has occurred, the grey nomads and itinerant travellers have rallied together to assist with rebuilding, replanting, animal rehabilitation and also take their business to towns that are in need of financial injection.”

Outside a special budget meeting last week, the Bulletin reports that Mayor Tom Tate said he believed the Coast could attract younger families to the tourist parks.

“I think there’s room for the grey nomads to visit both locations and I think it’s wonderful they go to the bushfire areas and show a bit of love,” he said. “If it means the bushfire areas have got more grey nomads there than we have, I think that’s okay … we will go for the younger nomads.”

Councillors are now expected to back a recommendation for the $1.3 million to be spent on improving the council tourist parks

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5 Responses to Van park investment likely despite nomad downturn

  1. I have volunteered for blaze-aid in the past. However, I will not be staying at the Gold coast caravan parks because of their attitude to pets.

    • I go there because there is no pets.

    • I agree Carol. There are approximately three pet friendly parks on the Gold Coast plus a pet friendly show ground at Canungra. It looks like they do not want our help. No pets no stay.

  2. Well if it’s run like tweed coast holiday parks, Kingscliff you will never be able to book in there as people from 20 ks down the road go there for their annual holidays, arriving at office at 4am on opening day for bookings. So just bad luck I’ve been told,

  3. It’s not only the bushfire towns that need our help.
    Many areas(most) in the country need our help
    We choose to travel to these areas.
    I cannot see that the Gold Coast is deserving of our dollars over and above the drought & fire stricken.
    Let them target the younger nomads and good luck with that

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