points ... an RV-status requirement
Councillors approve new dump point
in bid to attract
more grey nomads
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THE cathedral city of Wangaratta in Victoria's northeast has fired
the first salvo its battle to attract more grey nomads.
Local councillors voted unanimously to encourage caravanners and
motorhomers to stop in the city ... by installing an RV dump point.
But a Rural City of Wangaratta council report pointed out that the
provision of a dump point did not include the installation of overnight
free camping within the city "which would have an economic impact on the
city and neighbouring village’s caravan parks".
The cost of
installing the dump point at Wareena Park was $9345, with annual running
costs of $1530.
Scheduled to be installed before the end of June,
it was hoped it would reduce illegal dumping of wastewater from caravans
and motorhomes in Wangaratta.
Council chief executive Brendan
McGrath said the authority planned to notify "relevant bodies and
associations" of the facility so they could promote the dump point through
their electronic and written publications.
"We also have discussed
putting in an application to Google Maps so it pops up on people's apps,"
One local resident at the council meeting agreed with
efforts to create an RV-friendly city but pointed out that direction signs
needed to be erected at its southern entry to help with parking.
McGrath accepted there was a "series of things" that needed to be done
before RV-friendly status could be achieved.
"But I suspect we
probably have most of them," he said.
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