Tourism idea to support Macarthur's small businesses

Adventurers: Michael and Carole Wheeler regularly take their rig out and around the country. They believe Camden could be the perfect caravan pit stop.

Adventurers: Michael and Carole Wheeler regularly take their rig out and around the country. They believe Camden could be the perfect caravan pit stop.

There is no doubt that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has left hospitality and tourism businesses across the country struggling to stay afloat.

But Camden South resident Michael Wheeler has an idea to help businesses in Macarthur recover.

Mr Wheeler wants to bring RV- and caravan-friendly campsites and dump points to Camden.

"We are not long back from a trip out west and a lot of the places we visited were experiencing a boom in caravan and RV travellers," he said.

"I made a point of speaking to people at local businesses and they said they were having a bit of a boon thanks to all the caravaners visiting these small towns."

The avid caravaner said he and his wife Carole visited towns such as Gulgong, Dunedoo, Narrabri, Parkes and Weethalle.

He said each town offered overnight camping spots, dump points and RV-friendly rest areas.

"There is no doubt that RV travellers bring financial gain to these towns," Mr Wheeler said.

"At every stop someone would ask where we are from and when we'd say Camden, they would say that they have heard that it's a beautiful little town.

"But if they want to visit, there aren't any free dump sites or overnight places for them to stay."

RV and caravan travellers can camp and use the dump point at Poplar Tourist Park in Elderslie.

But Camden does not have any free camping sites or dump points for visitors to use.

Mr Wheeler said Camden was an ideal location for long-distance drivers to visit.

"There is so much to see in Camden - we have the historic buildings, a museum, art galleries and plenty of great little cafes and restaurants," he said.

"If we could find somewhere close to town for people to park their caravans they would be able to walk the main street, shop and maybe grab a coffee or a bite to eat."

A Camden Council spokeswoman told the Advertiser last year that Camden was fortunate to have the Poplar Tourist Park but they would investigate possible areas for an RV friendly site.

However a council spokesman has confirmed this is still under investigation.

"As part of our ongoing destination management, council continues to investigate and identify all opportunities for tourism in the Camden area, which may include RV friendly infrastructure," he said.

"Council's $16.8 million Community Support Package in response to the Covid-19 pandemic was put in place to support the community and local business, with immediate support available to small businesses including those in the tourism and hospitality industry through the business grants."

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