Dorrigo has RV Friendly Town Approval!

Dorrigo Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Dorrigo has been approved as an RV Friendly town by the Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA).

The application was submitted by Bellingen Shire Council with supporting information supplied by the National Parks & Wildlife Service, Dorrigo Chamber of Commerce and Destination Dorrigo.

As you may be aware from our Facebook page post on 7 Sept 2015 and our eNews on 6 October 2015 the Chamber asked for feedback from businesses and the community in general about becoming an RV Friendly Town as this has been a long term project of the Chamber’s. We felt that it was important to have the support of the Dorrigo people first before applying for the application as it is only with the cooperation of local businesses that any lasting future benefits will be realised. We knew that Dorrigo met the criteria for being an RV Friendly town, having facilities such as a dump point, potable water, RV parking close to CBD, low cost camping grounds, supermarket, chemist and hospital, etc. The community needs to be aware of what an RV Friendly town is and how to promote their businesses to gain the most out of this approval. The majority of this feedback was very positive and we thank all of those who responded.

The new organisation Destination Dorrigo filled in the application form and then Council liaised with the Chamber of Commerce about support in Dorrigo for the application. As Chamber had engaged in the consultation process we were able to supply Council with the necessary feedback that showed business and community support. Treasurer of the Chamber, Jane Reidy, also met with Kathryn Wood, NPWS Manager of the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, to discuss local tourism and the RV Friendly application. From this very positive meeting came a letter of support from NPWS for the Council’s application which was submitted directly to Council. Bellingen Shire Council then submitted the RV Friendly application with supporting documents to the Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia.

The Chamber looks forward to working with NPWS and the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre in the future and thanks them for their kind support.

Councillor Desmae Harrison has also thanked the Chamber for their involvement and support for Dorrigo being named an RV Friendly Town.

So what is the next step for Dorrigo as an RV Friendly town?

Council will be able to place RV Friendly Town signs at the entrances to our town. The designation as an RV Friendly Town refers to a town that is friendly toward all travellers in RVs. RV refers to all recreational vehicles including motorhomes, caravans, campervans and camper trailers.

This will mean great publicity for Dorrigo:

– CMCA publishes a monthly Club magazine, The Wanderer, which is distributed to over 66,000 members.

– CMCA maintains a website on which Dorrigo has a free listing. Here is the link to their Latest News section and Dorrigo’s mention: https://www.cmca.net.au/news/464-new-rvfts-and-dump-point

– CMCA also maintains a Facebook site which will also announce Dorrigo as a new RV Friendly Town. Here is a link to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CampervanandMotorhomeClubOfAustralia/?fref=ts

The Chamber is committed to providing ideas and promotions to help businesses make the most out of having an RV Friendly Town. The first idea we will implement is to establish drop boxes at designated places so that RV travellers can drop their receipts into these. Any receipts from money spent in our town would be deposited and the results published regularly in order to obtain concrete evidence of the benefits RV Travellers bring to town.

If you have any ideas you would like to submit please contact us at Chamber@dorrigo.com.

Stay tuned for more RV Friendly ideas coming your way from the Chamber!

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