Pirie sites proposed for recreational vehicle park

PROPOSAL: Port Football Club president Jamie McNamara with Councillor Kendall Jackson. Port Oval was one of the proposed sites put forward for a Port Pirie RV park.
PROPOSAL: Port Football Club president Jamie McNamara with Councillor Kendall Jackson. Port Oval was one of the proposed sites put forward for a Port Pirie RV park.

There has been several proposals for a recreational vehicle park in Port Pirie.

The proposed sites include George Street near Cheesmans, Memorial Oval and Port Oval.

Mayor Leon Stephens said the original motion for an RV park at George Street was rescinded to allow for consideration of other sites.

He said it was Councillor Kendall Jackson who proposed Memorial Oval as an alternative.

"Although council is committed to an RV park we want to make sure we put our best foot forward and Cr Jackson to her credit has brought that to our attention," he said.

"RV parks can have up to 50 RV's at any given time, so the object of looking at that to be at Memorial Oval causes some complexities such as a new gate and tightening up the soil area."

Cr Jackson said that her proposal for a 12-month trial of an RV park at Memorial Oval would encourage visitors to use of nearby facilities.

"I put up Memorial Oval as an option, but discussions on the night made it evident that we need to look into it a little bit," she said.

"A few people actually wanted it on George Street, but I was quite adamant that it wasn't a good location as it is in the industrial part of our town.

"I just think we have spent so much money at that site that it would be great to have people enjoying it as much as possible and I think it really highlights a really nice part of our town.

"The part that I have proposed along Gertrude Street is basically vacant all the time and it would be nice to see people using it and encourage users to make the most of our new sport precinct and heated indoor swimming pool."

But, Spencer Gulf Football League president Les Promnitz said he is opposed to the idea.

"We pay for the hire of the facility for the days that we play football and those people under our understanding would be excluded from payment, which means they can watch football for free," he said.

"Some of those RV's would not fit underneath the Memorial gate and therefore another gate would have to be left open which means people can come in and out freely."

In 2018, Port Football Club proposed two vacant blocks for an RV park. The club has since re-approached council and put forward the site for consideration.

Port Football Club president Jamie McNamara said with the location a short distance from the city's largest shopping mall, the site would be ideal for visitors.

"Asides from businesses in the plaza, there are over 20 businesses within 500 metres of the club, including Autopro and the camping shop, which would be utilised by people who stay in an RV park," he said.

"A kilometre down to the Tourism and Arts Centre, but it is still a comfortable walk for people."

Within the next month council will hold a special meeting and will reassess the proposed sites.

Anyone who would like to put ideas forward is asked to contact elected members, Mayor Leon Stephens or Cr Kendall Jackson.

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