The Proston Round Table community group will be officially launching the town’s new free overnight camping area on Saturday, April 15.
The group approved a plan to create an overnight camping area on a vacant, Council-owned block at the end of Railway Park in Rodney Street, diagonally opposite the Golden Spurs Hotel, in February this year.
At present large numbers of caravanners bypass Proston – either going to the Lake Boondooma Tourist Park, or taking a shortcut from the Durong-Mundubbera Road to the Bunya Highway – because the town’s CBD is not on the main road.
The aim of the overnight camping area is to provide an incentive for caravanners to stop in the town and help revitalise Proston’s CBD.
Saturday’s launch will take the form of a Meet And Greet Morning Tea in Railway Park between 8:30am and 10:30am.
The morning tea will welcome visitors to the area who are either driving through or travelling to Boondooma Dam for the long weekend, as well as provide an opportunity for Proston residents to meet Round Table members.
Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff, who is also the chair of the Council’s Natural Resource Management and Parks portfolio, has been acting as a Council representative on the Round Table group since it was formed.
“Council has planted some beautiful bottle trees to delineate the overnight area and the Proston Men’s Shed have organised signage, which will be funded through my Councillor discretionary fund,” Cr Duff said.
The morning tea is free, and everyone is welcome.
Free visitor bags will also be handed out to travellers at the morning tea to encourage a longer stay and return visits.