Drivers of recreational vehicles can ‘rest easy’ with Cessnock City Council staff aiming to make the region more enticing to these travellers.
During the past two years Council has installed dump points at Branxton Oval and Kurri Kurri Central Oval.
There are also plans to significantly improve these areas during the next 12 months, under the 2015/16 Capital Works Program, with $30,000 allocated to each site.
Works at Branxton Oval will include solar lighting for overnight stays, signage, and improved fencing and drainage.
Meanwhile staff will design an overall plan for the Kurri Kurri site that will include better access for recreational vehicles (RVs).
Recreation and Community Facilities Coordinator Nathan Eveleigh said Council had been liaising with the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) to further understand what travellers needed and to make sure sites were RV friendly.
“The Kurri site is popular among visitors who attend the Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival every year while Branxton Oval is right on the edge of the vineyards,” Mr Eveleigh said.
According to the CMCA, about 25,000 RVs are being sold in Australia each year.
CMCA Chief Executive Officer Richard Barwick said the RV tourism market is one of the fastest growing in Australia and generates over $5.4 billion per annum in overnight expenditures.
The upgraded RV sites will complement the Hunter Valley Way tourism drive that was launched last year.
Starting at the M1 at Freemans Waterhole in Lake Macquarie and ending at the Golden Highway in Merriwa, the Hunter Valley Way is a web-based drive, taking people through the small towns and villages of the Hunter.
The drive directs caravan and mobile home travellers to commercial parks, RV dump stations and camp sites along the route.
You can view the new Hunter Valley Way on Facebook, visit www.huntervalleyway.com.au or call in to the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre for a Hunter Valley Way map.