Warragamba to become a must-visit site for caravaners

Lou and Joe Read are pleased their late son Cr Shane Read's camping area idea will be carried out by Cr Matt Gould and mayor Judith Hannan.
Lou and Joe Read are pleased their late son Cr Shane Read's camping area idea will be carried out by Cr Matt Gould and mayor Judith Hannan.

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Grey nomads are one step closer to parking their caravans and spending a few nights in Warragamba.

Wollondilly Council has given the green light to the allocation of funds for the creation of a Recreational Vehicle Friendly Site in the town.

The site will be at the Warragamba Recreation Reserve, opposite the Boomerang shelter, and will be used a pilot program for 12 months.

Councillor Matt Gould said this was a quick win for the Warragamba community and for the shire’s tourism.

“I am looking forward to the site getting up and running and I’m glad the council has released the money,” he said.

“I am pleased this initiative has been pushed along.

“There are a lot of grey nomads who come to the shire but they don’t have anywhere to stay.

“There is an existing market out there that we have not tapped into yet.

“This will boost the economic development of the village and the local business owners are excited.”

Cr Gould said he was seeking confirmation of when construction work would start at the site.

“There is not a huge lot of infrastructure work that needs to occur because most of it already exists such as a dump point,” he said.

“A pin-accessed automated boom gate and signage will need to be installed and the lines will need to be re-marked.”

The council has approved $35,000 from the budget for the project and it has applied to the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia for RV Friendly status for site.

The site will have easy access and manoeuvrability for motorhomes, caravans and campervans, parking, natural shade, barbecue and water facilities and it is close to shops, Warragamba Dam, a swimming pool and an off-leash dog area.

The length of stay will be limited to 48 hours and a maximum of eight RVs will be allowed at one time. The site will be largely self-policed.

The pilot period will test how many and at what time of the year people come to the shire to stay overnight and will help the future roll-out of these sites at different towns around the shire.

Cr Gould and Cr Ray Law want to see the next site built at Bargo to boost the area’s local economy.

“We passed a notice of motion supporting a site at Bargo so that is my preference for the next site,” Cr Gould said.

Cr Law has called for a similar tourism initiative for several years but it has not gotten off the ground before.

“Bargo is one of the main entrances to the shire and if caravaners are coming from north or south they get off the freeway, come into Bargo, look for a spot to stay overnight and find there isn’t anywhere to park legally,” Cr Law said.

“Bargo is a good port of call for people coming from or going to Sydney and hopefully they will stay in the town.

“I have been asking for this for nearly four years and this is something Bargo needs.

“The town has hardly any infrastructure and if we need to put in a dump point like there is in Picton and Appin then let’s just do it. It’s not rocket science.

“I am sick of Bargo being at the bottom end of the list for infrastructure upgrades. I am trying to get something good for the town.”