The free camping area at Kimba’s recreation reserve has grown in popularity in the past financial year, with campers donating $11,000 for the year, well above the council’s forecast of $7000.
Kimba District Council mayor Dean Johnson said having modern, free camping had a direct flow-on effect.
“More than 40 vehicles are regularly setting up at the Kimba Recreation Reserve each night, which means more people spending their money with local businesses,” he said.
The area will get a new amenities block in the 2018-19 financial year with funding from the council and the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Community Benefit Program.
“Anecdotal evidence suggests that the overall economic benefit to Kimba as a result of offering free camping facilities far outweighs the minimal forecast cost to council to maintain the new area once the project is complete,” Mr Johnson said.
“Those travelling in caravans and motorhomes are incredibly well connected and we know they share their experiences, good and bad, via social media and word of mouth – the feedback elected members and council staff are getting is that Kimba is quickly becoming known as a must-stay location on the Eyre Peninsula, based in part to the fantastic free camping facilities we offer.”