RV vote not end of road for vans
FOR Majella Kahler, the Warwick Chamber of Commerce’s decision to support the Rose City becoming RV Friendly is not the end of the road, but she is disappointed.
For the Caravanning Queensland Darling Downs division president and Kahlers Oasis Caravan Park owner passionately believes that Warwick’s caravan parks will miss out should the region become RV Friendly – an initiative of the Caravan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA).
The Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) is yet to decide whether or not to become RV Friendly.
The Warwick Chamber of Commerce unanimously voted to support the Rose City becoming RV Friendly on Monday night after an extensive period of research into the issue by a sub-committee comprised of Peter Read, Danny Spry and president John Randall.
“Obviously we’re disappointed in the Chamber of Commerce’s decision, after all, we’re all local businesses who employ locals directly or indirectly,” Mrs Kahler said.
She said she was disappointed she wasn’t given the opportunity to represent Caravanning Queensland at a fiery public forum last month at the RSL Kings Theatre.
“If you’re going to have a public meeting you should give both sides of the story and I think we should have been invited,” she said.
Mrs Kahler said she was not giving up hope.
“That is only one small decision. I know we have other groups that have come out in favour of us and the SDRC,” she said.
“We have been guaranteed a hearing from them and will still be given the opportunity to put our industry point of view across to the SDRC.”
Mayor Ron Bellingham acknowledged the Chamber’s decision and said council would likely decide the issue at next month’s round of meetings.
“From my point of view, we are already RV Friendly – we do not need somebody else from outside to tell us that we are,” he said.
“The Chamber of Commerce is certainly a clear player in this community, as they are in the Stanthorpe community, and I think that decision from a commerce point of view was probably inevitable.”
Mr Randall defended the decision to only have a representative from the CMCA at the public meeting in the interests of keeping the peace.
“What we didn’t want was to have two opposing sides in the one venue and it end up in a screaming match,” he said.
“The caravan park operators in the district were given more time individually.”
He said now the Chamber had decided its stance on the issue, it would not force this onto council.
“Until someone asks us, we’ve gone through the exercise, we have a position on it and if and when the council seeks our opinion we’ll be able to present it,” he said.
“We’re not going to push this and, also, it’s not our role to push it.”