Waste dump and rest stop for RVs
IT’S currently the home of the Macksville Show, Pro-Ag, the Rusty Iron Rally, fortnightly cattle sales and equestrian pursuits.
Now a proposal is being considered for the Macksville Showgrounds to become a temporary home for mobile homes.
The Nambucca Shire Council is asking the showgrounds’ committee of management for its views about establishing a waste dump point and allowing limited term camping for self contained recreational vehicles.
The idea has been floated by a local grey nomad, Bob Phipps, on behalf of the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA).He told last week’s council meeting that Nambucca Heads and Macksville had nearly all the facilities and services to be advertised as an RV friendly town, except that is for a low cost dump point.
“Campervan and motorhome touring is a $40 million a year industry but at the moment these grey nomads largely just drive through this stretch of the coast,” Mr Phipps said.
“The owners of self-contained motorhomes don’t want to have to pay $30 or $40 a night just to dump their waste, but they would stop at the showgrounds and spend money locally if there was a low-cost option,” he said.
But Mr Phipps’s pitch for the showgrounds was strongly opposed by the chair of Nambucca Valley Tourism, Lisa Harvey, who also owns a caravan park.
“There are already a number of very good local businesses which cater for motorhomes,” Ms Harvey said.
“But their futures would be jeopardised by the availability of a cheap or free non-complying council-run facility,” she said.
Ms Harvey said she was not against the council providing a dump point.
”But from a business point of view, we face a long list of compliance issues, fees and regulations so I am totally opposed to motorhomes staying for cheap at the showgrounds.”