An enthusiastic crowd gathered at Maryborough’s City Hall to see the RV Friendly Town sign presented.
Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) representative Richard Mainey said he had never seen any community in Australia put so much effort into creating an RV friendly centre.
“This town is different because of the friendliness of the people and the lengths the plans they have made to roll out the welcome mat.”
The campaign to have the colourful city on the banks of the Mary River declared RV Friendly took several years, with Richard directly involved in long negotiations.
“Maryborough was high on our list of desirable sites. It ticks all the boxes, is in a great spot geographically, caters for all RV needs and has a fascinating range of attractions and story trails.”
Twenty-two free 48-hour parks, most suitable for medium self-contained RVs, have been created in Alan and June Brown Car Park in the CBD. Another 50 spaces, at $10 a night for up to seven nights with room for big rigs, are in the Doon Villa RV Park with access to courtesy buses.
Campaign committee leader Nan Ott said RV owners in Maryborough had led the push for RVFT status.
“It’s a delightful little city with so many quaint and heritage attractions to explore. We have everything to service RV travellers and their vehicles, friendly people, the only RV Friendly regional theatre in Australia with international class shows, and lots of bakeries, coffee shops, interesting restaurants, all medical and personal services and a comprehensive range of light industry skills for RV vehicles.”