Matilda Service Station manager Gina Kerr provides a free dump point for motorhomes.
Matilda Service Station manager Gina Kerr provides a free dump point for motorhomes.

Debate over RV Friendly status

AS the debate continues there seems to be plenty of potential for Warwick to become RV Friendly as Matilda service station manager Gina Kerr already offers a vital service to the travellers for free.

“We provide a dump point for motorhomes out the back of our facility already,” Mrs Kerr said.

“It is not used very often because they don’t know it is there.”

Recently Mrs Kerr had travellers discover the dump point after driving behind the service station.

The alert travellers then enquired about the services but a lack of signs informing grey nomads of the facilities on offer means many remain unaware of their existence.

“The Matilda is already marked on the Warwick map as RV (recreational vehicle) Friendly ... we need more publicity for the dump point,” she said.

Mrs Kerr believes nominating Warwick as RV Friendly would be beneficial for the local economy.

“I think it’s a good idea for the whole town ... it would bring money to the whole town, not just the one business,” she said.

In Rose City Shoppingworld, Discount Drug Store pharmacist Moe Gaffoor agreed the change would benefit the community.

“The tourist potential here is through the roof and it’s definitely under-utilised,” Mr Gaffoor said.

“Sometimes you have to take a chance and improve our community.”

Mr Gaffoor believes Warwick is in a prime position as a lot of travellers are already passing through but they are not inclined to stop but the addition of RV Friendly status would have positive results.

DL Coffee owner Daniel Field’s business is located close to a motorhome and campervan parking area and he is another supporter of the city being identified as RV Friendly.

“I think Warwick needs it,” Mr Field said. “The town is only going to grow and it would be helping out the local business.”

However, not everyone agrees with the push to advertise the city as RV Friendly.

Warwick resident Tom Lawton, who has spent six years travelling Australian roads, said he was opposed to the idea of towns in the Southern Downs region becoming RV Friendly.

Mr Lawton yesterday told the Daily News that during his time travelling around Australia, which he still does for a few months each year, he had found many grey nomads to be “free-loaders”.

“A lot of them do not obey the 24/48/72-hour rule, they’ll find a nice little place and set up there for weeks on end,” he said.

“As for spending money in towns, they’ve got to buy fuel, groceries and get services regardless of whether that town is RV Friendly.”

Mr Lawton said many RVs and caravans did not have tanks for grey water and other waste and he said, in his experience, he had seen grey nomads simply drop this waste wherever they stopped.

“The amount of degradation to the landscape is phenomenal in places ... not only just pumping the stuff out but just the damage to the vegetation,” he said.

“I use caravan parks 99 per cent of the time. I am a grey nomad and I spent six years straight on the road not too long ago and I am against RV Friendly towns.”



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