GUNNEDAH mayor Owen Hasler says the town’s Wolseley Park precinct has been given a big tick of approval from a huge influx of travelling campers this week.
The area around the park and Namoi riverbanks on Tuesday became a virtual outdoor caravanserai as more than 100 caravans and motorhomes used the area and formed a veritable cavalcade of camping vehicles.
They also added to the pedestrian traffic in shopping, eating and sightseeing while enroute from last weekend’s Hartwood Campfires and Country Music Festival near Coolah.
The entourage is headed for this weekend’s big Boggabri Drovers Campfire event.
Cr Hasler said yesterday he’d spoken to a few visitors who’d been more than impressed with the town’s facilities and shopping opportunities.
“They were very happy with the parking available around Wolseley and at the Namoi Riverlands and a number had noticed the new RV facility on the Mullaley Rd and said it would be a great asset when opened in June,” he said.
“This reinforces the value of a centrally-located site for the VIC with the likelihood of an economic stimulus to our local shopping centre if we can encourage travellers to stop near the CBD. A number of residents pointed out the influx of visitors and had noticed the fact that most of the visitors returned to their vans with bags of shopping, a good sign that the town had benefited from their stopping in our community.”