Goondiwindi Council responds to critics of decision to end free camping

Goondiwindi is RV-friendly. That’s the simple but firm message from Goondiwindi Regoional Mayor, Cr Graeme Scheu.

He was responding to wide-spread criticism last week after Council decided not to pursue extending a free-camping site on the eatern edge of Goondiwindi.

“I think a lot of people have mssed the crux of the matter,” he said.  “The site is not owned by us and we have no land to offer while purchasing new land is unrealistic.” He said Council made the decision after  Department of Natural Resources, which controls the land, told Council the trial shouldn’t continue. Cr Scheu said criticism Goondiwindi was not rv-friendly was unfair and not true.

“We are rv-friendly. We have a range of other free-camp sites available which are relatively close to town,” he said.

We are RV-friendly. We have a range of other free-camp sites available which are relatively close to town

GRc Mayor, Cr Graeme Scheu

Due to Work for Queensland funding, Council recently upgraded a number of riverside reserves including Rainbow, Yellow Bank, Lees and Bengalla Reserves. Cr Scheu has also taken exception to the term “RV-Friendly”. It’s become associated with a Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia Limited initiative which says it’s aim is to assist “recreational vehicle consumers as they journey throughout our country”. Cr Scheu says it is the wrong body to be awarding the “rv-friendly” tag. He says Queensland Tourism should make the decision.

“I don’t believe a membership-based organisation should be responsible for RV accreditation,” he said.

Council argues Goondiwindi is RV-friendly for many reasons. “Just look at what we have to offer?” Cr Scehu said. “Wonderful free-camping river sites close to town. A region which has been named one of Queensland’s, and Australia’s, best places to live. A community which has been called Queesland’s friendliest. Then there’s low cost camping at the showgrounds and quality caravan parks.

“Why wouldn’t you want to stay?”