Search for Crookwell's RV park continues two years on

ON AND ON: Upper Lachlan Shire Council still searches for a suitable RV parking site in Crookwell, two years after it began. Photo: Matthew Lejune, generic
ON AND ON: Upper Lachlan Shire Council still searches for a suitable RV parking site in Crookwell, two years after it began. Photo: Matthew Lejune, generic

The search for a suitable recreational vehicle (RV) park in Crookwell goes round and round ... and round.

More than two years on since the search began, Upper Lachlan Shire Council is still on the hunt, after the Park Street block was found unsuitable in December.

The council found the zoning wouldn't allow for an RV park on the preferred site, which is on the corner of Park and Colyer streets, near the disused Crookwell Railway Station.

A planning proposal to change the zoning could have been applied for, however, the council estimated it would cost between $60,000 and $100,000, with a possible $30,000 added to the total for the community consultation process.

However, the search isn't over yet, with the majority of councillors still eager to establish an RV friendly park in town.

"It does give Bigga, Gunning and Taralga (where there are RV parks) a bite of the cherry," Cr Wheelwright said.

"It's well-known RV friendly parks are money makers," Cr Opie said.

Crs Culhane, Cummins, Opie, O'Brien, Searl and Stafford agreed at their ordinary meeting on December 19 to keep looking for a site in Crookwell that would satisfy the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Association (CMCA) requirements.

However, Crs Kensit, McCormack and Wheelwright voted against the decision.

A quick background

In October 2017, the council agreed to search for a suitable location. Roberts Street car park was put forward, however, the community knocked it back.

A year later, the council proposed Willis Park, however, the community knocked it back again.

Then, late last year, the council flagged the Park Street block as a suitable location and developed a concept plan and schedule of works. The site looked like the golden ticket, until the council looked into the zoning.

Men's Shed shows interest

Crookwell Men's Shed has also expressed an interest in the Park Street block and said it would continue to pursue buying the section of land its shed is built on.

Former Crookwell Men's Shed president John Medway said members were working with member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman to purchase the land.

Currently, the men's shed pays $1500 in rent per year for the land, Mr Medway said.

The organisation originally paid peppercorn rent for the land, but that has risen each year and continues to do so, Mr Medway said.

"The Men's Shed is a community asset, so it seems silly paying rent on it," he said, explaining why members would rather purchase the land.

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