Spring Hill Recreation Ground Society hoping camping boom comes to town

GOOD THINKING: Deputy vice-president Jeffrey Nalder of the Spring Hill Recreation Ground Society is excited for campers to come to town. Photo: RILEY KRAUSE.
GOOD THINKING: Deputy vice-president Jeffrey Nalder of the Spring Hill Recreation Ground Society is excited for campers to come to town. Photo: RILEY KRAUSE.

There is a huge demand for camping sites in regional NSW and Spring Hill is ready to capitalise on that.

Signs have been popping up around the village in recent weeks, directing people to the Spring Hill Recreation Ground.

Once there, all it costs is a gold coin donation to park up and stay the night.

Beth Mills from the Spring Hill Recreation Ground Society said she and the other six land managers are trying to be proactive and utilise the ground.

"We've been working with council to get a temporary license for short term camping for grey nomads, to bring them into the town so we can support the local pub and the local bistro and some of the smaller businesses. We're doing what every other country village does and promoting it," she said.

"We have to do everything voluntary. The council do help us as much as they can but we're trying to turn around and take it one step further, but at the moment it's a wasted ground and we need to use it a lot more."

In terms of facilities, they've got toilet blocks available for campers, but no showers just yet.

The group's deputy vice-president Jeffrey Nalder said that although there is still work to be done, the site is ideal for those looking for a quiet stay.

GOOD THINKING: Deputy vice-president Jeffrey Nalder of the Spring Hill Recreation Ground Society is excited for campers to come to town.

GOOD THINKING: Deputy vice-president Jeffrey Nalder of the Spring Hill Recreation Ground Society is excited for campers to come to town.

"We just want to get it up to some sort of grade that we can use," he said.

"At the moment, it's got nothing going for it, nothing's been spent here for 60 years really.

"The best place to park is probably near the tennis courts."

Ms Mills added that this is the first time the recreation ground has been for campers in a long time.

"We're just trying to promote it," she said.

"I travel myself and we always pull up on the side of the road at a showground or whatever and because people are travelling regionally a lot more, we try to encourage them to come off the main road more.

"Because we're a central location, they can go to Millthorpe, they can go to Blayney, they can go to Orange and then come back to a quiet town."

"We're trying to tidy the town up and give it a bit of oomph and also let everyone know that it is so central to everything."

"There has been a massive influx of travellers across regional NSW. Because people can't go overseas, they're coming out further and further. We just ask that they take their rubbish and respect the grounds."

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