HUNDREDS of motorhomes have converged on Sale for the 26th annual Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia Rally.
The event, which will run until Tuesday at the Sale Showgrounds, Gippsland Grammar and Sale Greyhound Club, has attracted more than 1500 participants who will take part in a simply amazing range of activities and events within the massive rally site as well as exploring the districts many attractions.
Rally manager Colin Gard explained there had been more than 800 vans and motorhomes registered on site with the showgrounds and Grammar senior campus awash with motorhomes of all sizes.
Work on planning the rally has been going on since December 2010, with Mr Gard making numerous visits to Sale, to organise the complex logistics of the rally and its massive site.
“It has been a case of working hard to make the hand fit the glove,” he said.
The general public will be able to appreciate the range and incredible variety of motorhomes on Easter Monday when the CMCA Rally opens its gates to visitors between 9.30am and 3.30pm.
Wellington Shire Council chief executive David Morcom is convinced the rally will be beneficial for the shire.
“It is a great thing to see the motor-homers descend on Wellington for the long awaited CMCA Rally. Council staff have worked tirelessly to bring this opportunity to life, which is set to bring both short and long term financial rewards to the shire.
“The CMCA 25th Anniversary Rally, held in Deniliquin, saw over $1.5 million pour into the local community. Not only do we expect a cash injection to the local economy of similar proportions over this Easter weekend, but we have also established longer term strategies to keep tourism dollars coming back as a direct result.
“Council has planned an art exhibition over Easter 2013, entitled ‘Scene through a Motorhome Window’, which will feature artwork of Wellington places, faces and landscapes created by this year’s CMCA Rally attendees. We hope that many will return to Wellington for a rally reunion and a civic reception which will provide the opportunity to reminisce and see their artworks on the walls.
“Rally preparations have provided great opportunity to increase RV infrastructure across Wellington, with additional dump points provided in Heyfield and Sale.”
For more on the CMCA rally, read Friday’s Gippsland Times.