OPINION: End protectionism
THE current council's policy to protect caravan park owners at the expense of other businesses in the region is clearly a protectionist and discriminatory policy.
All of the other businesses who would benefit from increased visitation rates resulting from attracting those tourists who do not wish to stay in van parks are being denied the opportunities to expand and employ.
In addition, the message to RV tourists is that you cannot come to Bundaberg unless you stay in a van park.
This effectively counters the very good work put in by tourist bodies to attract people here and also reduces the effectiveness of ratepayers' money spent on regional promotion.
One tourist publication says Bundy's caravan parks are "overflowing".
Why would a visitor come here when being told you cannot stay outside of a van park and the van parks are overflowing?
What are the arrangements for spillover visitors in peak times?
To potential mayoral candidates: if you are elected as mayor, will you continue this current policy? What is your position and strategy for attracting the huge RV market that currently does not come here because there are currently no alternative overnight sites to van parks near the CBD or beaches?