5 June, 2023
Overnight parking trial commences
After years of discussion, letter to the editor, and planning - council have announced that an overnight parking trial will commence this week.
The trial area
for caravan and recreational vehicle (RV)
overnight parking is in the Gilgandra
Cultural Precinct (GCP).
Council is hoping to leverage increased
regional travel, as the trial aims “to
boost local economic impact and enhance
the Gilgandra Region to travellers as
a great place to visit, explore and stay”.
All camping options in the district
will also now be showcased in a newlydeveloped
camping guide. Council have
said the trial was developed in line with
the objectives of the GCP Strategic Plan,
Gilgandra’s Activation Blueprint and
Community Strategic Plan, and in collaboration
over a number of years, with
council’s Economic Development
Committee and key stakeholders.
The success of the trial will be measured
against the following key objectives:
• Our community positively embraces,
advocates and promotes the trial;
• Gilgandra Region profile as a place
to visit and stay is lifted;
• There is no negative impact to local
• There is a direct benefit to Gilgandra
businesses through increased visitor
numbers and associated spend;
• Visitors who utilise the overnight
parking area become advocates for the
• Gilgandra becomes recognised as an
‘RV friendly town’; and
• There is minimal impact on council’s
resources to implement and maintain
the overnight parking.
The Gilgandra Region Camping
Guide showcases all of the camping and
caravanning options available throughout
This guide, along with Gilgandra
Region Welcome Packs are available at
the Coo-ee Heritage and Visitor Information
Centre - adjacent to the trial
overnight parking area.
Council said “all local businesses are
invited to be a part of the welcome packs,
as well as the option to be included in
promotional add-ons during the booking
With regular data collection, reviews,
and consultation with the community,
businesses, travellers and council’s
Economic Development Committee, the
trial will assess the benefits and impacts
on region, including economic, visitation,
operational, private operators and
Regular review of the trial will
also allow council to revise and make
changes where needed to ensure the
above objectives are being met throughout
the activation period.
Should the trial be positively
embraced by the community, businesses
and travellers, the GCP overnight parking
will be implemented on a more permanent
basis or further expanded.
Alternatively, if the trial does not
meet the above objectives, it will be
reviewed, reduced or concluded.
The trial caters for up to 10 fully selfcontained
RV’s or caravans, offering
over-night drive-through parking for up
to 48 hours. While there are no fees to
park, permits are essential via the
Gilgandra Region website. RV’s and caravans
with a permit must also ensure
they plan ahead and ‘leave no trace’
while staying at the overnight.
Located in the GCP between the
Gilgandra Museum and Coo-ee Heritage
Centre, no facilities will be provided
other than parking, it is intended to have
minimal impact on local caravan park
Promotion in the parking area will
also showcase the facilities and services
available at all camping and caravanning
sites in the region.
“Gilgandra Shire Council welcomes travellers to the GCP Overnight Parking area and Gilgandra Region, and looks forward undertaking this trial over the coming months, engaging with the community, businesses, and travellers throughout the process!”