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MEDIA RELEASE - Feedback sought on Portland's RV Tourism plan

6 November 2015

Glenelg Shire Council is vying for a greater share of the nation’s RV (Recreational Vehicle) touring market to help grow Portland’s tourism trade.

The Council is seeking community feedback on its plan to apply for RV Friendly Town status – a program of the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA). This status would ensure Portland is listed on the national RV touring map.

Council is currently completing RV Friendly Town applications for both Heywood and Casterton.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Max Oberlander said the RV Friendly Town program guided the CMCA’s more than 66,000 members to RV supported destinations across Australia.

“These RV users are self-contained and self-sufficient and don’t require the same toilets, showers or BBQ facilities of a caravan or tent tourist,” Cr Oberlander said.

“We want to ensure this large network of travellers are calling into Glenelg Shire towns, including Portland, during their travels.

“The CMCA is the largest RV club in the southern hemisphere and this status is a great marketing opportunity for our region.
RV Friendly status would encourage tourists to stay another day and would build on the economic benefits of our growing tourism market.”

Council has proposed Henty Park as a possible location for overnight RV Parking. Henty Park currently provides a free dump point for caravans and motorhomes.

Glenelg Shire Council will host a community meeting to discuss the proposal at 6pm on Thursday 19 November at the Portland Library.

Submissions are invited until 5pm on Friday 4 December.

All written submissions should be sent to enquiry@glenelg.vic.gov.au or post via:

Glenelg Shire Council
RV Friendly Town Proposal
PO Box 152
PORTLAND VIC 3305


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