GREY nomads and other caravanners looking for a rest break will still find making a stop in Sale tricky business.
After coming under pressure from petitioners calling for long vehicle parking in central Sale, Wellington Shire council recently voted to provide two spaces in Desailly St.
Clear signs will also be provided to indicate other possible areas for parking, especially for long vehicles, and council will “continue to engage with the Sale Business and Tourism Association in relation to future Sale CBD improvements”.
But while the two car parks will be designated for long vehicles, they won’t be able to accommodate caravans and “seriously long” vehicles.
The council agreed to consider providing long vehicle car parks after receiving a petition in October that stated tradespeople with utilities and trailers, and caravanners, had nowhere to park in central Sale.
The petition urged “our leaders to act now to change (or modify) the Desailly St car park (known as the old Castles carpark) to suit ute and trailer, car and caravans and any other large vehicles”.
At the November 7 council meeting, Cr Scott Rossetti said the council had liaised with the Sale Business and Tourism Association, and had agreed not to reduce the car parking time limit to keep it at two hours, and not to make any alterations to the kerb.
But Cr Rossetti said the re-signed parking spaces would not be suitable for “seriously long” vehicles such as caravan and trucks because of the “awkward” turning requirements of such vehicles.
The old Castles car park was upgraded this year as part of council’s central business district renewals program.
The works included resurfacing the car park and new kerbing to provide for tree planting without losing car parks.
Sale resident and Victorian member of the Australian Caravan Club, Derek Hale, said the lack of caravan-suitable parking spaces in Sale made the town a “laughing stock”.
“You’ll see caravanners driving around town looking for parks, and then they have to take up two spaces to be able to stop,” he said.