Trains one day, caravans the next at Biggenden
THE former Biggenden railway yards have been opened up to fully self-contained RVs and caravans.
The Biggenden Chamber of Commerce has leased the land from North Burnett Regional Council and will manage the initiative.
Chamber treasurer Amanda Hall said vehicles will be charged $5 a night.
"The stop over area is aimed at the grey nomads with self-contained vehicles as there are no toilet or shower amenities available," she said.
"All other travellers will be encouraged to stay at alternative accommodation like the Mountain View Caravan Park."
The chamber has thoroughly researched the cost benefits and is convinced it will benefit the town as a whole.
Mrs Hall said small towns needed tourism to survive.
"Our town will do everything in its power to encourage travellers to visit our beautiful part of the world," she said.
Travellers will be encouraged to leave their receipts from what they have spent in the town.
Mrs Hall said the proof would be in the pudding when those receipts were calculated at the end of the year.
"Research has predicted the annual industry will be worth more that $2.6 billion by 2016-2017," she said.
"This is due to the grey nomads whose ranks are swelling as the baby boomers hit retirement.
"The number predicted to be on the roads in the coming years is astronomical."