The problem of how to dispose of toilet waste from caravans, motor homes and boats might not be a primary concern to most holiday makers to Queensland.
But it is to the grey nomad brigade and other travellers who frequent the roads of Queensland for their holidays.
It is expected that these visitors will make for an improved tourist season in Queensland and significantly increase tourism numbers for Queensland in the coming months. Due to the recent rains, more travellers are expected to make the trip north than might normally be expected, so in anticipation of these increased numbers.
Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said that the grey nomads and other travellers would soon be a welcome sight on the state's highways and that the Bligh Government was doing its bit to encourage more of them to hit the road.
Mr Wallace Said, "Today, I can announce we're going to spend $50,000 a year over the next three years to roll out more 'dump points' for our road travellers."
Dump points are special disposal points made available throughout the state’s roads by the Queensland State Government for travellers to empty their toilet waste from motor homes, caravans and boats.
Mr Wallace also said, "With dump points, grey nomads are able to visit more places off the beaten track, knowing they've got somewhere safe and secure to dispose of their waste, more dump points mean more dollars for regional Queensland, with tourists spending money at take-away shops, corner stores, newsagents and petrol stations in small towns and communities.”
Mr Wallace went on to say that over the past two years, the State Government had installed 22 dump points across Queensland, and that the government intends to have a total of 34 extra points located around Queensland.
Some of the points recently created are located in Charleville, Coen, Duaringa, Rockhampton, Tambo and Yeppoon. There are also more dump points soon to be installed at Aramac, Atherton, Augathella, Betoota, Chillagoe, Einasleigh, Jundah, Morven and Muttaburra.
Minister Wallace said the State Government would be working closely with local councils and Campervan and Motorhome Clubs to identify the best places for the new dump points.
Ken Kipping from the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia said he welcomed the State Government announcement.
Mr Kipping said, "Queensland has led the way with this initiative. Dump points are great for grey nomads and other road travellers.” He continued to say, “There are close to 500,000 road travellers in Australia and our numbers are growing. Dump points are of great economic benefit to the state, especially to small towns and regions throughout Queensland.”
Mr Kipping also said that he had received positive feedback from fellow travellers about the dump points in that they were able to head out off the beaten track without the concern of where to dispose of their waste.
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