The Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia will open a member-only RV park at Campbell Town.
The Northern Midlands Council voted to lease the King Street Oval to the CMCA at last week’s council meeting, after the club first tabled a proposal in 2016 to set up a park at Campbell Town.
The council also considered the matter at its meeting of June 26, 2017 and September 18, 2017.
Northern Midlands mayor David Downie said the club could have wide-reaching benefits for the community.
“People come and spend money which helps make the businesses more viable,” he said.
“[RV campers] travel at low-cost so they don’t have any accommodation costs, which means they have more money to spend on food and whatever else they need.”
The project is part of a plan to increase the number of CMCA RV facilities in the country to a minimum of 100 by 2019, and boost CMCA membership.
There are presently two CMCA Member Only RV Parks in Australia, one in Queensland and one in Railton, Tasmania.
King Street Oval is classified as Public Land as per section 177A of the Local Government Act 1993.
In order for Council to lease public land it must abide by the provisions of section 178 of the Local Government Act 1993.
This means that an absolute majority was required by council in order for them to lease the land.
King Street Oval is presently zoned as recreation.
Concerns raised from those objecting to the new park included that King Street Oval is a public area utilised by families and pets, as well as for horse events during the Campbell Town Show.
There was also opposition from those who believed King Street Oval should remain available for use by the community of Campbell Town, and the establishment of the park would risk of driving away native animals.
Five councillors voted in favour of the motion while two voted against.
Details on the park management will be worked out in the future. The next Northern Midlands Council meeting will be held on February 19. For more information, head to www.northernmidlands.tas.gov.au.