Tour operators plead for Injune van park help

By Rhianwen Whitney

Posted November 19, 2012 14:40:15

The Injune District Tourism Association says a lack of caravan facilities is having a significant impact on tourism in the southern inland town.

The current park is being used as a workers’ camp and tourists travelling to the Carnarvon National Park are camping at temporary sites set up at the rodeo ground and Possum Park.

President Puddy Chandler says it is a big issue and it has asked the Maranoa Regional Council for help.

“We want council to help us,” she said.

“We’re prepared to do our bit. We used to manage the old caravan park to a certain extent, take all the bookings and things.

“We’ve always worked with council and we hope to continue and we just hope that they will help us solve this dilemma.”

She says it has affected tourism during the peak season.

“Well every single tourist, traveller and visitor passing through Injune walks into the visitor information centre and they are all usually looking for somewhere to camp,” she said.

“So we’ve had a very challenging season trying to find places for people to camp.”

Maranoa Mayor Robert Loughnan says council is looking at suitable land nearby to convert into a second caravan park.

“Certainly we’ve looked into it and said there is land across the street,” he said.

“We’ll talk to DERM [the Department of Environment and Resource Management] and see if that might be made available for that purpose in the future but there’s no guarantee that we’ll go that way at all.

“We have made land available out at the rodeo grounds where travellers can park and use the facilities out there as an option to the caravan park.”

Councillor Loughnan says he understands the concerns.

“The Injune tourism body has been quite strident on this over recent years,” he said.

“They say that the current operators of the caravan are charging too much for regular grey nomad type tourism traffic and really capitalising on the resource sector trade and I understand that.

“Council has put in place a temporary facility out at the rodeo clubs outside town where people can park.”

Topics: tourism, local-government, activism-and-lobbying, travel-and-tourism, injune-4454, toowoomba-4350

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