Motorhome owners remain on track

A FULL meeting of Clarence Valley Council will decide next Tuesday whether to continue trialling Ulmarra as a site for casual stays by self-contained motorhomes.

Council's environment, economic and community committee (EECC) this week decided to go against staff recommendations and voted to continue trialling the Small Park site.

According to council papers, a report into the six-month trial found questionable economic benefit to Ulmarra businesses and a lack of staff to collect fees.

The report also found that some transient users were connecting to on-site power without approval. There were reports of campers leaving the site without paying.

The trial began after council was approached by members of the Clarence Valley Ramblers Motorhome Group (CVRMG), which sought additional overnight sites within the Clarence Valley.

CVRMG also requested consideration for additional sewage dump sites on council land to support this expanding domestic tourism industry.

More recently, the group met again with council staff and requested council consider promoting the Clarence Valley as recreational-vehicle (RV) friendly, with RV-friendly town parking in Grafton, Maclean and Yamba.

Despite Clarence Valley Council staff recommending the trial end, the EECC recommended to council that the trial continue, but insists it include an 'honesty' box for fee collection.

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