Aussie Cities Seek 'RV Friendly' Title

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November 19, 2007 by   - () Leave a Comment

Ararat, Australia, is attracting a new set of travelers following its recent classification as an “RV Friendly Town” by a national motorhome association.
According to the Ararat Advertiser, the city is one of just two classified by the Campervan and Motorhome Club Australia (CMCA).
The “RV Friendly Town” scheme is an initiative of the CMCA that promotes RV tourism related services across Australia.
By promoting the symbiotic partnership between the RV tourist and small towns, the CMCA hopes to encourage expansion of tourism related infrastructure and services and also promote the economic advantage to small towns of providing RV tourist specific amenities.
Put in basic terms, an “RV Friendly Town” is one that provides amenities and services for the mobile traveler. These services include:

  • Access to medical and pharmacy services.
  • Parking within close proximity to general shopping area with groceries and fresh produce.
  • Service center for basic vehicle repairs.
  • A tourist information center and town map with essential services.
  • Access to potable water.
  • Access to a dump point.
  • Provision of short-term (24/48/72 hour) parking in proximity of the town center.
  • Provision of longer term parking at a reasonable rate.
    The Advertiser reported that the independent traveler market is massive and constantly growing. The CMCA alone has 48,000 members and spends over $1 billion a year in Australia.
    Signs have been erected at Ararat entrances informing those entering it is an “RV Friendly” community. The town is located in southeast Australia, about 70 miles northwest of Melbourne.

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