Gunnedah Motorhome Park Connected to National CMCA Network | Namoi Valley Independent

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Gunnedah is now part of a national network connecting travelers to the northwest. A new motorhome park on Chandos Street, set up by the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA), opened today and offers 30 spaces for self-driving motorhomes. The site is within walking distance of the Gunnedah CBD and is one of six proposed sites in New South Wales linked to the huge CMCA network of parks around Australia. Rotating members of the CMCA will act as on-site caretakers and will be there to greet travelers who can enjoy the drinking water, sewage dump station, fire pit and sheltered barbecue area. Travelers can stay for up to two weeks and will receive information on all the sights to see in the area, including the award-winning mural by the late poet Dorothea Mackellar, painted on the Gunnedah Corn Mill. CMCA held a successful rally in Gunnedah in 2018 and in 2020 CEO Richard Barwick said Gunnedah was the perfect location for one of their six planned parks across the state. The organization leases the land from Gunnedah Shire Council and worked alongside staff to get the park off the ground. CMCA Business Development Manager Sean Constable was in town Monday to view the park before it opens. “We are looking for strategic locations. [Gunnedah] is at the junction of several different highways … I used to live in Gunnedah so I know there are a lot of people traveling,” Mr Constable said. “We hope to develop a bit of a network in the state so that they can travel from the southern regions to the north. had that support throughout the process.” “It was a bit of a learning curve for the [Gunnedah council] staff because it’s a new type of development for councils in NSW,” he said. Mr Constable said there was a “mass migration” from south to north every April, May, and he hoped Gunnedah Park would be well used by travellers.” I hope this will be a successful park and people will be able to see what the northwest has to offer,” he said. While many RV users traveled “in their own territory” these two last few years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Constable said they are now starting to venture out again. “Now that the borders have reopened, they are starting to plan longer trips again,” a- “Going abroad amid COVID meant towns like Gunnedah still benefited from regional tourism. “Drought, floods, COVID has changed the nature of tourism. Tourists would love to do good by traveling… volunteering in town, and that will of course encourage people to stay longer,” she said. “Looking to the future, we hope that the koala sanctuary will open and I hope to benefit from this tourism, that the gray nomads will stay in Gunnedah and help feed the koalas. “Voluntourism will be great.” Ms Robertson said Gunnedah had many attractions including the Rainbow Serpent, street art and Vietnam War murals. “It’s about encouraging [travellers] to really see it all in Gunnedah… I think a lot of people will be coming back,” she said. “I think if the koala sanctuary goes ahead, it would be a game changer.


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