Grey Nomads do boost NT’s economy

The Northern Territory enjoys an economic boost from grey nomads heading North each Winter to escape the cold of the South, says our Club Chairman Craig.

Craig was responding to a comment in an NT News article on Monday where the Northern Territory Tourism Minister Lauren Moss was unable to comment whether grey nomads heading North boosted the Northern Territory’s economy.

Our Club is the second largest non-branded RV Club in Australia with 51 branches from Cairns to Perth including Tasmania, and members throughout the country including the Northern Territory.

“Each year sees a huge number of grey nomads from the southern States head North with their RVs into Queensland and the Northern Territory to escape the colder months down South,” said Craig.  “They tend to depart the South around Mother’s Day, and return back home in time for Father’s Day.”

“The RVer is becoming a valuable commodity in the survival of many regional towns in all States.  Many underestimate the economic value that grey nomads and other RVers bring to a region.”

“A survey of our Club members found that they spend an average of just over $100 per day when on the road with their RV.  That can account for a lot of income flooding into a region.”

“While staying in a region, RVers support local businesses and need to buy fuel and groceries.  Some will dine out, sightsee, buy alcohol, require their vehicles or RVs servicing or repairing, and unfortunately some may require medical attention and pharmaceuticals.  All this injects money into a community.  The more RVers, the greater the economic benefits that a region receives.”

“There are over 646,000 registered RVs in Australia with an estimated 135,000 RVs on the road at any one time and this figure has been steadily growing.”

“Tourism Research Australia figures show that in the year ending December 2017, caravan parks and commercial camping ground usage around Australia was 32.6 million nights.”

“With such a steady flow of RVs heading up the Stuart Highway each year and each spending around $100 per day, well that’s a lot of money going into the Northern Territory by grey nomads,” Craig said.

Our ACC Southern Highlanders drive Silo Art trail

The Southern Highlanders recently followed the Silo Art Trail through Victoria and NSW.


First on the list was Patchewollock, then it was on to Lake Lascelles near Hopetoun where the group camped. Then the remaining four were visited the next day, these being Rosebury, Brim, Sheep Hills and Rupanyup.

The pictures speak for themselves.

Happy 10th Anniversary to our ACC Family Firesiders

 

Kenilworth Showgrounds in the beautiful upper Mary Valley Country in Queensland was the venue for the 10th anniversary muster of our ACC Family Firesiders last weekend.

29 members including our Club Chairman Craig who is also a member of the branch, 2 grandchildren and former ACC Chairman Tom and his wife Sandra and Club members Vince and Ruth Padget all set up camp at the Showgrounds for a fun weekend of celebrations, camaraderie and sightseeing in the region.

 

The quaint town of Kenilworth retains its 1930s atmosphere and has a variety of eateries, shops, art gallery and a cheese, yoghurt and ice-cream factory.

Our ACC Family Firesiders was originally formed as a ‘family orientated’ Sunshine Coast branch on 1 May 2008.   In the early days of the branch, up to 30 children accompanied their parents to musters.  Over time, the children have grown and now it’s the grandchildren that occasionally accompany their grandparents.