Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC with CMCA CEO Richard Barwick and CMCA members, with an example of a dump point.THE Hunter has been identified as a “significant location” for a major upgrade of “dump points” across NSW following a $500,000 funding grant being awarded totheCampervan & Motorhome Club of (CMCA).
On Tuesday, parliamentary secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, announced that CMCA will receive $500,000 in funding from the Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund to upgradeinfrastructurefor the recreational vehicle (RV) market.
Mr MacDonald said the funding would allow for waste to be disposed of in an environmentally-friendly manner, andallow towns to become more receptive to the road tourism market.
“This funding means we can continue to promote the Hunter as a destination region for the campervan and motorhome industry,” Mr MacDonald said.
“The CMCA will now work with local government and local community organisations, such as show societies and racecourses, to expand the number of disposal points.”
Currently, there are 620,000 registered RVs in with about 135,000 on the road at any one time.
“It is excellent that the NSW Government has the foresight in developing RV tourism for the state and this basic piece of infrastructure can lead to economic, environmental and social sustainability,” CMCA chief executive Richard Barwick said.
“This significant step for the club will lead to the installation of another 80 dump points in much needed areas across rural and regional NSW. The development of this infrastructure will cater for the growing RVmarket, which is the fastest growing sector in the tourism arena.”
Mr Barwick said dump points were “vital infrastructure” for the RV market, including the coach/bus sector, with most RVs requiring the use of a dump point for the disposal of their black and grey water every three-to-five days.
NSW currently has 107 CMCA-funded public dump points across the state. This number is expected to rise to 187 as a result of the funding.
The Hunter Valley has been identified as a significant location for development, alongside the Northern Tablelands, South Coast and Western NSW.