EACH year hundreds of tourists travel north to escape the southern winter chill, providing a welcome economic boost for local businesses.
The travellers, who inject over $200 million into the north Queensland economy each year, are on the rise in the region with Mareeba becoming a more popular stopover each year.
Mareeba Shire Mayor Tom Gilmore said the annual Christmas in July event which wrapped up earlier this week attracted over three hundred visitors to the town.
“Not only do we have the opportunity to showcase our beautiful part of the world we also welcome the economic benefits, with an increase in trade for many businesses and tourist attractions across the Shire,” Cr Gilmore said.
“Mareeba has a great reputation with the travelling public, and we welcome them with open arms.”
Council recognises the importance of these visitors to the region and invests in infrastructure and facilities to accommodate the travelling public’s needs.
“We provide facilities such as water, power, waste deposit points and supports safe and secure camping grounds to make their visit as convenient and enjoyable as possible,” Cr Gilmore said.
To further support this important sector, Council has installed a second deposit point for campervan and motorhome users to accommodate their sanitary needs. The point opposite the Mareeba Heritage Centre is connected to the town’s sewerage system. The site was identified as a suitable location for accessibility and no real impact on residents.
“These disposal points are welcomed by our visitors who want to do the right thing and dispose of their waste hygienically,” Cr Gilmore said.
“And providing them comes at minimal cost to the community. The design is such that you hardly notice them and there is minimal, if any smell.”
These visitors are an important part of our economy and making Mareeba Shire a more RV friendly Shire is important.