Grey nomads not happy

The gloss is off Emerald’s reputation as a stopover on the tourism trail.
The gloss is off Emerald’s reputation as a stopover on the tourism trail.

THERE is a black mark on Emerald's tourism CV - and it's from grey nomad RV users spreading the word there's no welcome mat being rolled out for weary road travellers.

After one night spent under the Vince Lester Bridge, South Australia's Pauline Woods has threatened she, and other nomads, will bypass Emerald unless it becomes an RV friendly town.

"Unfortunately, our trip through Emerald was marred by very poor tourist facilities," Mrs Woods said in an email also forwarded to the Central Highlands council.

"Every year we spend three or four days in Emerald, stocking up on supplies for our trip south. On average, our total spend would be about $300.

"However, this year the caravan parks were booked out.

"On other occasions we have stayed at the showgrounds which was quite good accommodation but for some reason, camping there is no longer permitted… we phoned the number advertised and got a recorded message which was actually not helpful at all."

Earlier this year the council shut off the showgrounds for public use after the flood.

"We ended up staying one night (and that was one night too many) under the bridge," Mrs Williams said.

"Surely the grey nomads who travel through your town and spend quite a bit deserve better.

"There are other routes we can take for our trip home, and seems the best option unless something is done to improve this situation and make it an RV friendly town."

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