Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced $500,000 in funding from the Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund to the Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) for a major upgrade of a planned 80 public dump points across NSW.
Dump points are vital infrastructure for the whole Recreational Vehicle (RV) market including the Coach/Bus market, with most RVs requiring the use of a dump point for disposal of their black and grey water every 3-5 days.
Mr MacDonald said the funding will allow for waste to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner, and also allow 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 Australia with reportedly 135,000 on the road at any one time.
The Hunter Valley has been identified as a priority location, alongside the Northern Tablelands, South Coast and Western NSW.
CMCA Chairman Garry Lee is excited at the news the Club has secured their largest ever Government grant for Road Tourism infrastructure.
“This will bring New South Wales to the forefront of RV Tourism providing essential infrastructure to encourage RV travelers to visit. I am very confident the grant will ensure visitation to many rural and regional areas in NSW bringing a significant tourism boost to these regions,” Mr Lee said.
With headquarters in Newcastle, the CMCA is an RV club with over 70,000 members.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the CMCA RV Disposal Points project is one of 33 projects that will be funded in regional NSW as part of the first round of the Regional Growth - Environment and Tourism Fund.
For more information about the Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund visit :https://www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/regional-nsw/regional-growth-environment-and-tourism-fund/
For more information on the CMCA visit https://www.cmca.net.au/