'Growing and critical role' recognised
Shot in arm for caravan
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THE Caravan Industry Association of
Australia has welcomed the Federal Budget's
announcement of caravan
park infrastructure upgrade funding.
"The announcement of targeted infrastructure investment for the
nation's caravan parks will see a big shot
in the arm for many park operators looking to build on the quality
customer experiences already on offer across the country," it said.
The announcement had confirmed Labor's pre-election commitment made to
the association to provide much needed
infrastructure expenditure if elected in May 2022.
In the soon-to-be-announced criteria for the grant program, Australian
caravan parks will be able to apply for funding to deliver
FUNDING FOR TWO YEARS
will provide funding for the next two years to assist caravan
parks to upgrade or create new infrastructure and visitor
facilities to enhance visitor experience, including improvements
to accessibility. This program is expected to begin in November.
"The heart of the program is to assist caravan parks to swiftly
upgrade or create new infrastructure and visitor facilities to enhance
visitor experience, including improvements to accessibility and
environmental sustainability practices," the association said.
Chief executive Stuart Lamont, pictured,
said the targeted federal infrastructure support package recognised
the "growing and critical value" of caravanning to Australia's tourism
and visitor economy.
"Caravanning has long been Australian domestic tourism's largest
visitor and economic cohort, an almost $24 billion economic driver in
tourism and local manufacturing activity," Mr Lamont said.
"This well-targeted funding will go directly into our world-leading
caravan park product across the nation. We also believe it will
extract private capital expenditure support up to three times over.
"For caravan parks to be incentivised to deliver more attractive
visitor amenities and appealing product is just the ticket to
supporting sustainable recovery and growth in Australian tourism."
Mr Lamont said the grants would develop new and appealing visitor
products including cabins, recreation facilities and innovative
features such as supporting accessible tourism.
"As the national peak body for caravanning, we strongly welcome this
federal commitment and we look forward to the release of the grant
program and the application process in the coming days," he added.
● Caravanning News reader David
Johnson from Victoria was quick to react to the news, commenting: "I
just hope that as taxpayers are effectively funding an element of the
upgrade works, that park owners recognise the funded element and
ensure any resultant price rises reflect this."
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