Council invites expressions of interest in tourism opportunity for not-for-profit or community organisations

Redland City Council is proposing to establish a basic camping ground that will cater for the self-contained recreational vehicle (RV) and caravan tourism market.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was inviting expressions of interest (EOI) from not-for-profit or community organisations with experience or capabilities in operating facilities such as these.

“The self-contained RV and caravan market is growing, and Redlands Coast has so much natural beauty to offer these tourists,” she said.

“COVID-19 has changed the way we travel, and people are now engaging in more local tourism.

“What better way to capture this market than to provide a basic camping ground for people who are seeking an affordable short stay close to shops, Moreton Bay and a range of tourism experiences?

“We are south-east Queensland’s gateway to a world of coastal and island discovery and this is a great opportunity for community or not-for-profit organisations to operate a basic camping ground and be ambassadors for our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast.”

Cr Williams said while basic camping grounds offered the few facilities needed by self-contained RVs and caravans, they also preserved the appeal and amenity of a location.

“Basic camping grounds are supported by minor infrastructure and are strictly limited to self-contained vehicles, which have their own water, power, toilets and showers,” she said.

“The EOI process is an important step towards establishing a camping ground for self-contained RVs and caravans, delivering benefits to local businesses, the tourism industry and the community.

“If Council shortlists a not-for-profit or community organisation through the EOI process, the community will be consulted on the preferred site and the proposal prior to commencement of any basic camping ground.”

Four sites have been identified by Council officers as potentially suitable for a basic camping ground, following a recent economic needs assessment.

Potential sites are located at:

  • Island Street, Cleveland; adjoining Cleveland Bowls Club
  • Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds, 44 Smith Street, Cleveland
  • Raby Bay Boulevard Park; next to William Street boat ramp
  • 594-596 Main Road, Wellington Point

For more information, visit the project page on Council’s Your Say website.