LIVERPOOL Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has voted to establish the Werris Creek Freedom Camping Precinct on land adjacent to the Works Depot on Deeks Road.
“It’s time to bite the bullet and make a decision on a site for a Freedom Camping area in Werris Creek, so the town can share in the benefits other Shire communities are experiencing through the burgeoning RV industry, to attract more visitors to the Australian Railway Monument and Rail Journeys Museum and the opportunities it can present for local business,” Councillor Paul Moules said.
“For more than two years there have been attempts to gain concensus on a suitable site for a Freedom Camping Ground.
“There are many rail enthusiasts amongst the grey nomads who will welcome the opportunity to conveniently camp and visit the Australian Railway Monument and Rail Journeys Museum and many more amongst their numbers who just like to visit attractions in the towns they visit.
“These visitors will also spend money with local businesses. ACC research shows their members spend $100-120 a day. They estimate 180,000 campers on the road at any given time.”
There are 30 million domestic visitor nights spent in caravan parks and freedom camping grounds each year and 90 per cent of all visitor nights in the sector are spent in regional Australia.
“These numbers are growing and I want to see Werris Creek share in the benefits these travellers bring to a town,” Councillor Moules said.