THE Brighton municipality has welcomed several thousand ‘grey nomads’ in March when Pontville hosted the 31st anniversary rally of the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia.
The rally, held at Pontville Park from March 13-19, attracted up to 2000 club members, partners and families and provided a major economic injection for Brighton and southern Tasmania.
Brighton Mayor Tony Foster officially welcomed club members to Pontville at a special function.
Cr Foster told guests that they were meeting in a unique part of Tasmania.
“As well as the unique attractions of Pontville, the location for the rally, the sports grounds and where they park their campervans and motorhomes very much reflect the history and rural tranquility of the region,” he said.
“Brighton and Pontville provided highlights for the rally and the surrounding region, with its impressive selection of wineries, wildlife parks, cafes and restaurants and even a whisky distillery had much to offer for visitors and the visitors spend some enjoyable time exploring the district.”
Brighton Council also promoted Hobart, Glenorchy and the adjoining municipalities of the Central Highlands, Derwent Valley and Southern Midlands to the visitors, outlining the great diversity on offer, from pristine wilderness and tranquil river banks to the historic buildings that preserve and promote Tasmania’s settlement heritage.
When he issued the formal invitation to all club members more than a year ago, Cr Foster said the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia’s 31st anniversary rally at Pontville would be a major visitor event for Tasmania in 2017.
“It certainly proved to be and Brighton provided a warm welcome to the visitors and I am confident that they enjoyed their time in our wonderful municipality,” he said.
“They quickly discovered that we have fantastic facilities and public amenities, that we live in a relaxed and picturesque setting, and we have a very friendly community.
“I know that many are already planning to return to Tasmania.”
Caption: The Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia’s 31st rally was held at Pontville and attracted up to 2000 attendees.