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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 October 2018) . . Page.. 4590 ..


(d) acknowledges the 2020 Tourism Strategy enables Canberra’s strength as a drive market destination to be leveraged—with 66 percent of our overnight domestic market using self-drive vehicles to access our destination; and

(e) has consulted with the Campervan Motorhome Club of Australia on the requirements to be accredited by the association as an RV friendly town; and

(3) further notes the ACT Government is engaging with member bodies representing the RV sector to initiate practical solutions to better support the needs of the RV market, which include:

(a) the provision of appropriate RV parking close to town centres and fresh produce shopping;

(b) the provision of short term, low cost overnight parking for RVs;

(c) access to potable water; and

(d) access to free dump points at appropriate locations.”.

The ACT is experiencing record tourism figures. For the year ending June 2018 the ACT welcomed 2.7 million domestic overnight visitors who spent a total of $1.61 billion in Canberra. The results reflect a commitment to capitalise on Canberra’s status as a city that offers a diverse range of experiences. This includes catering for more than 160,000 schoolchildren who travel here each year and those travelling to engage with major cultural exhibitions, participate in events or visit friends and relatives.

As our city becomes a major international hub we are not overlooking the importance of the domestic drive market. Access to our city has never been better with significant investment in new roads complementing the better public transport network in the ACT.

The ACT government is engaging with member bodies representing the RV sector, such as the Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia to initiate practical solutions to better support the needs of the RV market. Through VisitCanberra the Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia has been consulted on the commitments required to be accredited by the association as an RV-friendly town.

There is a range of campground options in and around the ACT and the Canberra region, including EPIC, which attracts around 25,000 visitors each year. The newly refurbished Canberra and Regional Visitors Centre offers parking and a range of information services for the market while options for dump points within the ACT border are being investigated.

It is important to note that we are going above and beyond what other capital cities are able to do for motorhome drivers. Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney and Brisbane are not accredited as RV-friendly towns. The ACT government is working with the industry to support the needs of the market as much as possible. In doing so, the government will appropriately consider potential infrastructure initiatives that support


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