Council seeks feedback on proposal to make Colac an RV friendly town
Published on 08 August 2017
Council seeks community feedback on proposal to make Colac an RV friendly town
Colac Otway Shire Council wants to hear the community’s views on the possibility of Colac becoming an ‘RV friendly town’.
RV stands for recreational vehicle and describes a motorhome that is generally self-contained and includes a kitchen, bathroom and sleeping quarters.
Council agreed at its June meeting to consult the community on a proposal to become an RV friendly town.
A short survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RVFriendly
If Colac was to become an RV town, it would have to meet criteria outlined by the Campervan Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA). To meet the CMCA’s essential criteria, Council would have to:
Provide appropriate parking within the town centre, including new line marking to accommodate RVs. A long vehicle park is approximately 12.5 metres long and 3.5 metres wide, which equates to the conversion of approximately two parallel car parks or 4.5 angled car parks, per long vehicle park.
Provide low-cost short-term (24/48 hour) parking for self-contained vehicles within the town precinct
Provide access to potable water (can be met at the Colac Central Caravan Park)
Provide access to a free dump point within the town precinct (is included in Colac Central Caravan Park’s overnight fee)
Council believes most of these requirements can be met at the Colac Central Caravan Park at the Colac Showgrounds.
Under the proposal, Council would also make changes to parking at the Colac Visitor Information Centre to meet the CMCA’s ‘desirable’ criteria.
Council will decide whether to place ‘RV friendly town’ signs at town entrances, and will also discuss whether to apply for CMCA recognition at a future meeting.
Cr Joe McCracken, who moved a notice of motion calling for Council to consider becoming an RV friendly town, said that if Colac were to become and RV friendly town, it would be one of the few towns in our region to meet the criteria.
“The closest towns that meet the RV friendly criteria are McArthur to the west, Ararat to the North West and Kyenton to the North East. There is a big gap in our region which Colac can take advantage of,” Cr McCracken said.
People wanting to give feedback on the proposal to become an RV friendly town can complete the online survey, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Council’s Economic Development and Tourism department on 5232 9400.