Phil Berry, of the CMCA, addresses a meeting at Grafton council chambers.
Phil Berry, of the CMCA, addresses a meeting at Grafton council chambers.

RV Friendly area pitched

THE Clarence Valley took a further step towards becoming an official RV Friendly region yesterday when a Campervan and Motorhomes Club of Australia (CMCA) executive addressed interested parties in Grafton.

The club’s manager of projects and member benefits, Phil Berry, presented the case for towns, villages and attractions in the area to get themselves on the map when it came to recreational vehicles (RVs) via the title RV Friendly Town, RV Friendly Destination or RV Friendly Location.

The RV Friendly concept was launched by the CMCA just over 18 months ago and has already been snapped up by 107 towns across the country.

Grafton, with a base hospital, shopping precinct and designated dump point, is two criteria short of being declared an RV Town – it lacks cheap unpowered sites ($7-$10 per night) and parking for RVs near a major shopping centre.

Attending yesterday’s presentation meeting were 16 representatives of groups including chambers of commerce, caravan parks, RV owners, Clarence Valley Council (CVC) and the Clarence River Tourism Association.

CVC deputy general manager Des Shroder said after the meeting there was no doubt that the Valley should act to attract RVs because the grey nomads, as they have been dubbed, were the biggest growth area of tourism in the world.

“And if they don’t stay here, they’ll just keep driving until they do find an RV Friendly town,” he said.

Sites discussed for possible RV stayovers included the Powell/Cranworth street corner of the Grafton racetrack block (depending on access) and the Grafton Showground, depending on the Grafton Show Society.

Mr Berry, who has made dozens of similar presentations across the country, said he answered plenty of good questions yesterday and was certain the area could become RV Friendly if all parties worked together.



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