RV flagship club wins $100,000 Queensland grant to build more dump points
The Possums, Sharron and
Darryl, with their Winnebago
The Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia has a $100,000 grant to fund more dump points in Queensland.
The grant through the Queensland Department of Main Roads will provide more dump points for Recreational Vehicles over the next two years.
The CMCA is the biggest club of its type in Australia with about 50,000 members.
The CMCA member magazine The Wanderer reports that Queensland Main Road Minister, Warren Pitt, said - "With an increasing numbers of people travelling in motorhomes and caravans on our roads it is important that there are places for people to dispose of their waste water in an environmentally safe way".
Under the dump point subsidy scheme, the CMCA provides local councils with specially designed polyethylene dump units that are placed in easy to access locations, including parks, rest areas and camping areas.
The unit are free for all travellers to access, so travellers do not have to dispose of their waste illegally or bury it in the bushland.
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The CMCA's immediate past chairman Gary Rebgetz played a main role in the grant through Queensland Government contacts.
Diana Worner has now taken the CMCA chair.
Diana who has lived in her big motorhome for the past eight and half years told GoSee that another focus for the CMCA was the establishment of an Australian National driving license.
The CMCA is a force for the Recreational Vehicle Community and a flagship in negotiations with local, state and federal government bodies.
The CMCA Board of Directors says in its August report to members -
"There has been much discussion recently regarding a campaign to limit the choice of places RVs can stay, forcing them into commercial caravan parks.
Ms Marianne Daton of Kinglake, and her travelling companion, China Doll
It is interesting that over 350 caravan parks have so far joined our caravan park listing in order to earn our business rather than to compulsorily force in to accept their 'hospitality'.
"Fortunately we are growing in numbers, so are other RV enthusiasts.
More and more caravans are being built to self-contained standard and thus become eligible to join our CMCA sponsored Leave No Trace Scheme.
By being the leader of a much larger body of tourists, we are able emphasise the benefits to communities that accept the concept of the RV Friendly Town."
"We have achieved concrete and encouraging results from our various government lobbying efforts in nearly every state, with a number of bureaucracies coming to accept our case for the continuation of a policy that is welcoming to RV travellers.
15 Campervan touring. On top of Mt Pinninger, with Eildon below
"We have no alternative but to accept that we, as the CMCA are a part of a larger travelling community and it obviously serves our interest better if we can be seen as the prime spokes body for a formidable body of responsible tourists; tourist whose sole aim is to seek reasonable facilities and in turn to support the communities who provide them", the Board said.
The CMCA Dump Points Scheme plays a role in this as apart from the environmental benefits the scheme also provides economic advantages to rural and regional towns as travellers seek out the places where the unit are installed.
The Queensland Government funding will be provided over two years. The dump units will be provide free to councils, plus up to $3000 will be reimbursed for the installation costs.
Over the last four years the CMCA, in conjunction with KEA Campers Australia, has placed 102 Dump-Ezy Dump Point units throughout Australia. This includes 16 in Queensland. The current grant is expected to add another 22 dump points to the Sunshine State.
But there is a lot to be done. Despite our obvious national need and the size of the country there are only about 300 dump points available in Australia.
Much smaller New Zealand has 400 dump points.
A current list of dump points is available on www.cmca.net.au
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contact: Garth Morrison
Editor Go See Australia and Go See New Zealand Directory
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