Call for camping and caravans at Gosling Creek Reserve

A group of motor home enthusiasts are calling for camping to be allowed at Gosling Creek Reserve.

TOURISM OPPORTUNITY: Pat Tilston from the Golden West Wanderers wants to see free camping allowed at Gosling Creek Reserve. Photo: ANDREW MURRAY

TOURISM OPPORTUNITY: Pat Tilston from the Golden West Wanderers wants to see free camping allowed at Gosling Creek Reserve. Photo: ANDREW MURRAY

Golden West Wanderers member Pat Tilston organised the group’s annual, week-long camping trip to the lake, where camping is usually not allowed, and said he wants to see Gosling Creek Reserved as a free camping option.

“We’ve been on to the council now for four years,” Mr Tilston said.

“When you think about Gosling Creek you’ve got the hospital there and the people want to be able to stay there.

“It would bring that much tourism to the town, it would be unbelievable.”

Mr Tilston said there aren’t enough places in Orange for people with caravans, campervans and motorhomes to stay in Orange.

He said along with tourists and people wanting to visit friends or family at the hospital there was also the Gosling Creek Aged Care Facility nearby.

Golden West Wanderers president Ray Jackson said the organisation was a chapter of the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia, which has branches throughout the country.

He said there are 60,000 motorhomes and 300,000 caravans that travel around Australia and there is more Orange can do to attract that market and bring more tourism money to the city. 

It would bring that much tourism to the town, it would be unbelievable.

Golden West Wanderers member Pat Tilston

Orange City Councillor Sam Romano is also in support of allowing camping at the reserve and installing the necessary amenities and put in a motion at the November council meeting.

“I’ve been pushing for that,” Mr Romano said.

“I’d be happy for motorhomes to drive in there and power up and connect to a power supply but I’d have to speak to [council] staff to see if we can legally do that.”

He said he had been contacted by people wanting to know why more camping wasn’t available.

Mr Romano’s motion also included Suma Park Dam and Spring Creek Dam, and was voted for unanimously by the councilors.

The strategy is still currently under development and is separate to the council’s Draft Gosling Creek Reserve Plan of Management, which is currently on exhibition.

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