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The historic show ground in Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia, is set to be opened up for overnight camping for caravans and recreational vehicles (RVs) in a bid to boost tourism to the town and surrounding hinterland villages, The Echo reported.

Tweed Shire councillors last week endorsed a plan paving the way for the showground to be used by such vehicles and their occupants, many who predominantly visit the Tweed Coast then drive through Murwillumbah on their way to Queensland via the Nerang-Murwillumbah road.

Tourism operators say recreational vehicles don’t stop along the way, so the opportunity for visitors to experience the panoramic Tweed Valley and rural villages such as Uki and Tyalgum is missed.

The plan was driven by mayor Gary Bagnall who instigated a report on the ‘Recreational Vehicle Friendly Town Inititive’ last year, which led to council formally asking Destination Tweed to see if the hinterland and remote areas of the shire could benefit from the RV market.

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