National rally worth millions to the region
THE Bundaberg region is set for massive national exposure and a financial windfall in October next year with the announcement that the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) will be holding its national rally at the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said he had spoken with rally organisers while in Canberra earlier this year and they had agreed to consider the Bundaberg Region as a location for their national rally.
"This is a huge win for the Bundaberg Region. CMCA has a membership of 66,000 and the rally is expected to attract about 1100 motorhome owners to Bundaberg.
"This equates to around 1800 people who will be staying at the Recreational Precinct for a week. At this stage the event is tentatively booked for October 9 to 16.
CMCA Rally organiser Paul Scully said the Queensland rallies invariably attracted strong support mainly due to the excellent weather.
"Although the week-long rally is the focal point, you will find that numerous members opt to visit the region before, during and after the rally.
"The economic impact for the Bundaberg region is huge with easily a couple of million dollars injected into the local economy."
Mr Scully said the CMCA members were treated to a variety of events during the week including trade shows, seminars, craft courses and tours of the Bundaberg region.
"We supply mini-buses to transport our members to shopping and dining areas but are reliant on local tour operators to get our members out to the local attractions. We are currently in discussions with the local tourism body to plan ahead for the October event.
"During the rally, we normally have an open day where we open the rally venue to visitors who may like to engage with motorhome owners to find out first-hand what life on the road in a motorhome is really like.
"We can also provide information on CMCA membership and what it offers to club members."
Cr Dempsey said securing the rally was a real coup for Bundaberg.
"Council encourages all local businesses to get in touch with the CMCA (0403026488) to make them aware of the products, services, events and attractions that are available for rally attendees during their visit.
"Council is currently looking at sites in Bundaberg to locate an RV friendly park. We have locations in Childers and Gin Gin that are stopping motorhome owners in those towns and we are hopeful of extending that opportunity to Bundaberg in the near future."