Nearly 150 motorhomes and campervans arrived in RV friendly Bundaberg this week for the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) annual meeting.
More than 300 people are staying at the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct and enjoying all the Bundaberg Region has to offer.
CMCA chair Kim Atkinson Chairman said Bundaberg is recognised across Australia as RV friendly and remains a popular location for grey nomads.
“We chose Bundaberg because amazingly in Australia it has the largest concentration of our grey nomad public, and we also get a lot of support from Bundaberg Regional Council and the Mayor,” she said.
“It’s the lifestyle, the weather, it’s certainly nice up here in Bundaberg.”
Kim said the annual meeting on Wednesday, 30 September would be attended by about 300 people driving more than 140 motorhomes and campervans from across the country, but numbers were down due to border closures.
Despite this, she said members would still be spending big in town and visiting all the main attractions.
“We like to support the town that support us,” Kim said.
“We were here three years ago in Bundaberg and had just on 1700 people on site for that event, so it is greatly reduced as obviously we can’t get all our Victorians and New South Wales people up here at the moment.
“We do have every state and territory represented apart from the Northern Territory and we will be live streaming it for our members in isolation.
“All up we’ll have 300 people here for the AGM. Some of them have been here for a week now and some are extending that stay at our RV parks and other campsites around the region.
“While we’re here on site for only four days, our members will be here for longer and spending up in lovely Bundaberg.”
Bundaberg Regional Council has welcomed the visitors.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the region's RV friendly status meant the sector had become a strong economic contributor and boosted tourism more broadly.
“It’s fantastic to welcome back the CMCA members to Bundaberg,” he said.
“We are all about promoting our wonderful region as a tourism destination and to have the CMCA annual meeting in Bundaberg is a major step towards further achieving that goal.
“We want to continue being the friendliest place for RVs and particularly the CMCA association, because they travel all across Australia spreading their story of how good their visit to Bundaberg was and spreading the news of what Bundaberg has to offer so we always welcome them staying in beautiful Bundaberg.”
The CMCA constitution requires 200 members to attend the annual meeting in person, which was easily exceeded.
A COVID-safe plan is in place and numbers at the meeting will be limited to 297 to comply with the four square-metre rule.
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