Overnight rest areas trial begins

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 

Bunbury City Council has opened the door to recreational vehicle (RV) travellers after giving the tick of approval to a two-year trial of overnight rest areas.

The trial will begin in November with locations being at the Wyalup Rocky Point car park, Ocean Drive car park near Scott Street and the Maidens Reserve car park also on Ocean Drive.

The City will also investigate the possibility of installing a dump point somewhere within the City boundaries.

Overnight rest areas will be available only to fully self-contained RVs with a maximum 48-hour stay. Permits can be collected from the Bunbury Visitor Centre from Thursday 1 November with signage at each rest area to be installed over the coming days.

During the trial City officers will carefully monitor any social impacts as well as assess the economic benefits to the city.

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said by promoting Bunbury as a destination which offers free overnight rest areas it would encourage RV travellers to visit.

“Statistics have shown that 16 per cent of RV owners will never stay in commercial overnight accommodation which means we are missing out on this market who will then go elsewhere to spend their money,” Mayor Brennan said.

“It is hoped that when stopping by for one or two nights the travellers will either decide to stay longer and move on to one of our fantastic caravan parks or they will make a note to come back to Bunbury for their next trip.”

All three areas are located close to Bunbury’s iconic beaches as well as in close proximity to the CBD or other shopping and dining options.

Travellers will need to call into the Bunbury Visitor Centre to pick up a permit where they will also be handed a welcome pack including information about Bunbury such as maps and tourist guides.

City officers will patrol the sites to ensure the areas are only attended by fully self-contained vehicles – camping in tents, or sleeping in cars will not be permitted.

After 12 months the City will consult with users and the community to assess any social impacts before doing a final review at the two-year mark.