Grey nomads will have new camping options while travelling in northern New South Wales following a Tweed Shire Council decision to allow RV-friendly campsites at the Murwillumbah showground.
Council approved the Murwillumbah Showground Trust development application for a ‘primitive camping ground’ which could accommodate approximately 26 recreational vehicles.
Council General Manager Troy Green said the council would also continue to work closely with Destination Tweed, the community and relevant industry groups to establish another RV-suitable camping location in the short term.
“Tweed Shire Council is very supportive of finding suitable alternative sites to seek to tap into the freedom camping market,” Mr Green said.
The council said it is still looking into suitable alternative sites, with an emphasis on finding sites in Tweed hinterland villages such as Burringbar, Uki and Tyalgum.
Campers had previously been staying at Bruce Chick Park, on Tweed Valley Way at Stotts Island, even though the site was not a dedicated camping site. However, the council recently adopted a new management plan for Bruce Chick Park, which did not allow overnight camping because it threatened the environmental and heritage objectives of the park.
Mr Green said the provision of an RV-suitable campsite at the showground had the added benefit of supporting a local community group, without incurring a cost to ratepayers to provide maintenance and management.
“The showground’s close proximity to town means local businesses are also likely to benefit,” he said.
Tweed River Agricultural Society Secretary Cynthia Hanger said the primitive campsite would be a valuable asset for the district and immensely beneficial to the local business community.
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