Plan for caravans and campervans to park on Wodonga land between band hall and bowls club

Space available: Mike Fraser on land separating the city's band hall and bowls club in Hovell Street which he believes is suitable for caravan and campervan parking. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE
Space available: Mike Fraser on land separating the city's band hall and bowls club in Hovell Street which he believes is suitable for caravan and campervan parking. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

LAND between Wodonga’s band hall and bowls club should be earmarked for caravan and campervan parking in the city.

That’s the view of past city councillor Mike Fraser, who feels the Hovell Street spot would be superior to Junction Place and its surrounds.

“It isn’t owned by Places Victoria, who are only interested in selling land and making a profit for the Victorian government,” Mr Fraser said.

“It is owned by the Department of Finance and Trade, who are federal government and have no plans at all for that land or dispersing it.

“It has in-and-out access on either side of it...you could drive on to a brand new thing which we’ve spent $4 million on...in Havelock Street.

“One of the focuses we’ve got is ‘let’s look at what I can see now which is somewhere around Junction Place’.

“Have a think in six months’ time, when Manns is up and operational, that block of land will be over the road from one of the biggest shopping centres in our city centre.

“When I’m a grey nomad and I’ve been travelling for three hours in my van I actually want to get out and walk a little bit and stretch the legs.”

Mr Fraser was speaking at a Wodonga Ratepayers’ Assocation meeting this week.

The association wants a caravan parking area formed at Richardson Park in Elgin Boulevard alongside a tourist information centre.

Speaking to The Border Mail, Mr Fraser said he could understand the move away from tourist centres articulated by councillor Tim Quilty at the meeting on Tuesday night.

“I think Tim’s right the demand for them is disappearing, but is it too early to let one go? Probably,” Mr Fraser said.

He told the association forum it made better sense for Wodonga to be promoted in places such as Euroa for travellers en route.

Councillor Libby Hall stressed the city was undertaking a study into locations for caravan and campervan parking and dump points.

“It’s definitely not something that we’ve forgotten about, it’s something we’re very conscious of,” Cr Hall said.

“It’s good to have your feedback from the ratepayers regarding where you would like to see an RV park positioned in Wodonga.”