RV friendly: Caravanning contingent keen to support town
A CONGREGATION of caravanners from right around Queensland are headed our way.
Over the weekend, at least 30 caravans will roll into Stanthorpe.
Why? Purely to inject some dollars into a struggling economy.
Steven Andonovski, owner of Sunrise Caravans in Burpengary, is a little different to most car of caravan dealers.
Not simply content with a sale, Mr Andonovski has created an ‘owner’s club’, which meet and travel together.
Their first adventure took them to Maleny a couple months ago, where figures from their chamber of commerce suggest the group spent more than $10,000 while in town.
“Our first trip was to Maleny. From there it was about deciding where we want to go next,” Mr Andonovski said.
One of the club member’s, Trevor Taylor, resides in Tenterfield. Mr Taylor put out the idea that they should make Stanthorpe their next destination.
“He said to me, ‘lets go there, please’. I know they need our help’.
“I know Stanthorpe is hurting and they could do with an injection into the economy.
“With the 30 vans going there, we wanted to support the local showgrounds. So we’ll be staying there.
“We’ll be doing the tours on Sunday and visiting five to six venues and spending money at each venue.”
Mr Andonovski has also partnered with Rural Aid. After raising $3000, he’s already helped deliver water and hay to town.
“Obviously we’ve been hearing there’s no water there and no one is coming to Stanthorpe.
“If no one is coming, it’s bad for locals and bad for the economy.
“So we want to come there and spend all our money.
“From Stanthorpe, we’ll decide which other community might need our help,” he said.