Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall picks out his camping site at the Gurley Public Recreation Reserve.
Thursday, 26 September 2019
THE Gurley Public Recreation Reserve will soon be the number one accommodation venue for caravans in district with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing a $20,900 State Government grant to improve power supply at the site.
Mr Marshall said the Reserve Trust had been working hard to make the ground more caravan friendly to attract more people to stay.
“The Gurley Public Recreation Reserve is the social heart of the community and has so much to offer when it comes to affordable accommodation for grey nomads travelling up and down the Newell Highway,” Mr Marshall said.
“This grant, made available through the NSW Crown Reserves Improvement Fund, will support the Trust in installing underground power lines and increasing the number of power outlets at the ground to five camping sites.
“The latest figures show the average length of stay in the region for visitors is about 2.6 nights with an average spend per night of $150.
“Last year tourism injected $65 million into the Moree Plains Shire economy and through developments like this it would be great to see more of that money being shared to communities like Gurley.”
President of the Gurley Public Recreation Reserve Trust Karen Munn said the installation of power outlets would help raise valuable revenue for the grounds.
“Since 2016 the Trust has been trying to improve the amenities and encourage more visitors to stay in town,” Mrs Munn said.
“With no sign of the drought breaking the tourist dollar is becoming more and more important to keeping little communities like ours afloat.
“The Trust sees camping as a great way to raise funds for the upkeep and maintenance of the grounds and if we can capture a larger share the visitor dollar by providing a couple of extra camping spots then that is a great outcome.”