Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Readers Find Themselves in Divided Camps When It Comes to the Economic Benefits Grey Nomads Bring

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Readers Find Themselves in Divided Camps When It Comes to the Economic Benefits Grey Nomads Bring

Article excerpt

THE Sunshine Coast is missing the chance to grab a share of the millions of dollars being spent by cashed-up grey nomads as they are bypassing the Coast in search of more welcoming towns.

Expensive tastes

MAKES me laugh. They pay over $100,000 for the van and only want to pay $10 a night and do all their own cooking.

abcd1234

Freebies prove costly

THEY want affordable stopover places? No, they don't. They want free camp places with ratepayers picking up their tab for water, sewerage C[pounds sterling]dump placesC[yen], rubbish collection and parks maintenance. Caravan parks can't survive if C[pounds sterling]freebiesC[yen] are the norm.

Truthseeka

Keep passing through

WHILE we should be friendly to everyone, this is not the sort of tourism we need on the Coast. Feel free to drive on by to remote parts of the state that are happy to take your $10 for the campsite.

Sunny55

Captive audience

THE main point is they are travelling around Australia, not Europe or Asia, and their money stays in Australia. It's up to the Coast if it wants some of it to stay here.

Eclipse

No reason to whinge

WHO would want to come to the Sunshine Coast? All everyone does is whinge.

Rogle

Appreciate region

THE reason the nomads are so important is there are many of them. They make no demands on the areas they visit other than a space to park, and basic bathroom facilities. The relatively small amounts they spend relate to them bringing their domestic lifestyle with them short-term Co not splurging on a once-a-year visit. They will likely eat in restaurants, use a mechanic, hairdresser, or medical service, buy clothing, visit markets, hire a boat for a fish, and more importantly, appreciate our beautiful region for what it is. They then continue spreading the word for free about how wonderful the Sunshine Coast is. …

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