The Commonwealth Government’s $10 million Caravan Park Infrastructure Grants have been hailed as a major success.
The Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA) says the funding, allocated under the October 2022 Federal Budget, has made a big difference to parks up and down the country.
The money has seen infrastructure enhancements for 111 caravan parks. The CIAA says the improvements have primarily been directed towards enriching the customer experience, providing travellers with ‘top-notch facilities that offer unmatched value for money’. There have also been significant upgrades in accessible accommodation and amenities.
CIAA CEO, Stuart Lamont, said the outcome was a win for the caravan industry and for travellers.
“A caravan and camping experience offers a unique consumer offering which is both closest to nature and disperses Australians across this great country of ours,” he said. “Seeing some of the grants come to life over the last six months has been really exciting, from accessible camp kitchens to cabin and site development, through to new family friendly infrastructure.”
The CIAA says while the upgrades were a great achievement, there is a palpable need for a second round of funding.
“To genuinely realise our goal of a sustainable tourism future, and to ensure we continue offering world-class experiences, further funding support is essential,” Mr Lamont said. “While we are grateful for the funding injection, as the number one accommodation provider for regional domestic nights out in regional Australia there is a still a way to go to really get the support that the industry and regional Australia deserves.”
The Caravan Industry Association of Australia is the peak national body representing the caravanning and camping industry in Australia. It says the Australian caravan and camping industry directly employs 53,000 people, manufactures locally more than 20,000 vehicles per annum, services over 740,000 vehicles on the road, and generates 12 million trips and 60 million visitor nights in caravan parks across the country.
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