Sugar town opens new RV facility
Dump point will lure
(From left) Local resident
and Mackay Sugarloafers treasurer Bill McKie, Cr Dave Perkins,
Mackay Sugarloafers secretary Carole Francis and Mackay Tourism
general manager David Phillips inspect the new dump point.
WHERE there's muck there's money ... just ask councillors in the
corridors of power in the Queensland sugar town of Mackay.
The river city just off the Bruce Highway has helped finance a new dump
point which it hopes will attract more caravanners and other travellers –
and their tourist dollars – as
they make their way along the state's eastern seaboard.
Mackay Regional Council joined forces with Mackay Tourism to sponsor the
new facility which is situated outside the Nebo Road visitor information
The Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia and the Department of
Transport and Main Roads also chipped in to help finance the welcome
Tourism and Economic Development portfolio councillor David Perkins said
Mackay's visitor information centre waste point was the first of three to
"Waste points provide a safe and convenient way for travellers, especially
those in self-contained recreational vehicles, to dispose of black water
waste. Attracting travellers to centres with waste points brings a boost
to local economies, with travellers likely to stay longer and spend more
in local communities," he said.
"The majority of visitors to our region travel by road and a growing
number of these visitors are RV tourists, especially as we have so much to
offer including 31 beautiful beaches, a picturesque blue river and a
pristine rainforest hinterland which are all key highlights on the RV
travellers' checklist when searching for destinations."
RV waste points are safe, clean and unobtrusive. The Gough Plastics
Dump Ezy is specifically designed and manufactured to be attractive and
user friendly with simple-to-follow instructions.
Cr Perkins said the dump points were also a win for the environment
because they ensured waste was disposed of in a safe, secure and
Mackay Tourism general manager David Phillips applauded the council’s
action in helping to provide three waste dump points.
"RV travellers presently comprise the largest percentage of our leisure
visitor market," he said.
"Their unstructured holidays, often over huge distances, require essential
services such as waste points en-route.
"Mackay will now increasingly be seen as an attractive RV destination, and
reap the flow-on economic benefits through increased numbers and length of
The council said RV travellers spent an average of $575 a week over a
28-week trip, a total average spend of $16,000 each vehicle. They spend on
a range of goods and services including fuel, groceries, vehicle
maintenance, accommodation, pharmaceuticals, eating out and tourist
It believes the growth of the RV industry will increase rapidly over the
next few years as the baby boomer generation commences retirement travel,
with this segment identified as a major growth market with a preference
for drive holidays.
There will soon be in excess of 100,000 recreational vehicles on the road
at any given time and RV tourists are set to dominate tourism activity in
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