Councillor Peter McKeown is working to ensure the Shire taps into the economic benefits linked to the RV market. But, Council jumping into buying land for an RV Park may be too soon or not necessary at all. Here are some alternative actions that perhaps could be looked at in the first instance:-
1) The well funded TPDD, and 2 DSC Tourism & Economic Development positions, could spend some of their time turning around the apparent (arguably unfounded) perception that the Douglas Shire is not RV Friendly, with a targeted marketing plan.
2) The DSC manage a register of all RV vacancies in our existing Caravan Parks and place the register on the DSC website and other key RV Tourism websites.
3) The DSC call for expressions of interest from land owners in the Shire who may be interested in running an RV "homestay" business and assist them in their endeavours…”supporting small business” .
There is no evidence to show at this time that there is a shortage of RV parking areas in the Shire. However if / when there is, perhaps then other steps could be looked at.
What do you think? Councillor McKeown is taking a lead on this, let him know your ideas (E: Peter.McKeown@douglas.qld.gov.au).