Grey nomads will boost the Maclean economy.
Grey nomads will boost the Maclean economy.

Maclean goes RV Friendly for grey nomads

MACLEAN is now fully licensed to cash in on the lucrative business recreational vehicle owners offer to regional centres around Australia.

The town has joined Grafton and 214 other Australian towns as a designated RV Friendly Town with the installation of a dump point at the Maclean Showground to allow motor home and caravan users to dispose of their liquid waste.

Clarence Valley Mayor, Richie Williamson, said attracting tourists to a town was not just about accommodation.

"It is about the whole of the economy and benefiting the broader business community," he said.

"While staying in an area, an RV (recreational vehicle) tourist will spend money on entertainment, visiting local attractions, enjoying a restaurant meal, souvenirs, clothing, haircuts, RV repairs, laundry service, fuel, and groceries.

"These are the sorts of things we can achieve now tourism promotion is part of the council's activities. It means we can have a whole-of-council approach to providing and promoting tourism activities.

"We want this to be an RV Friendly area, so if there are other towns or villages that would like to be RV Friendly, we will do whatever we can to assist."

Maclean Chamber of Commerce president, John Riggall, said the chamber's research showed more than 350 RV and caravans passed Ferry Park each day in the off season.

"It is estimated that every camper spends $70 a day. Multiply this by 10 per night and it equates to more than $5000 a week spent in Maclean," he said.

"Thanks to Rex Watkins, Northern Regions co-ordinator, Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia, who supplied the dump point and $3000 to assist in the installation."