The Queensland town of Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast hinterland is developing a camping site for grey nomads on an unused bowling green.
The local chamber of commerce is behind the initiative which is expected to lead to a significant increase in the amount of cash travellers spend in the town … and it’s being described as a win-win for everyone.
“This will put not just Beerwah, but the whole of Glasshouse Country on the map for grey nomads,” said Bob McLean, the president of the Glasshouse Country Chamber of Commerce, “There is huge support behind this … businesses just want to see it up and running.”
The new camping area will be situated next to the Beerwah RSL Club on bowling greens that have not been used in 12 years. They will be transformed into a convenient stopover for small, self-contained RVs.
“What this does is provide an overnight stop for small RVS that are registered,” Mr McLean told the Sunshine Coast Daily newspaper. “They will not leave a trace other than a footprint.”
The new camping site will be up and running within a couple of weeks. RV sites will cost $10 per night, with all proceeds to go to the RSL.
“Visitors can walk over to the RSL, have a meal, a drink and a go on the pokies and then camp overnight at the site, then spend the next day travelling around the region,” Mr McLean said. “There’s so many pluses to this … they have a comfortable walk across the other side of the railway line to the centre of Beerwah where they can shop and see what we have to offer.”
The economic benefits of the move have yet to be established but Mr McLean is positive about how it will work out.
“Even if we can inject $4000 or $5000 into the community today, there will be an increased cash flow and that’s what businesses are looking for,” he said.