Council is working with holiday parks to monitor when overflow permits are given out

OVERFLOW PARK: The George McCoy overflow park is for tourists to access when no vacancies are available at existing holiday parks. Photo: Melissa North
OVERFLOW PARK: The George McCoy overflow park is for tourists to access when no vacancies are available at existing holiday parks. Photo: Melissa North

Earlier this year, George McCoy Park underwent significant upgrades to repurpose the site into an overflow park for tourists, when no vacancies were available at existing holiday parks.

Previously, in peak tourist season, caravan and motorhome tourists would leave the city if no vacancies were available, meaning a loss of tourism dollars for the city’s businesses and services.

Mayor Joyce McCulloch said the overflow park had already received positive feedback from holiday park owners and tourists, but there was still work to be done to ensure that the system was efficient and effective.

“This park’s sole purpose is to capture the overflow once the existing holiday parks are full, and is not an option for “free-campers”, Cr McCulloch said.

“Council stands firm on the approach to support the caravan parks in Mount Isa to ensure all parks are full before a permit is offered, and George McCoy Park is strictly monitored to make sure the system works.”

A permit will only be issued if there is no availability at the city’s holiday parks, ensuring there is no impact on the viability of permanent facilities.

Cr McCulloch said Council maintains regular contact with the city’s holiday parks to provide overflow camping information, and holiday park staff are encouraged to call Council on 47473200 if they require support and assistance.

“Currently, council is working with all holiday parks and requesting staff to email through information when they issue an overflow permit and we are registering this data so that we can monitor the site. Regular checks are undertaken,” she said.

“We encourage holiday park owners and staff to contact us if they require assistance or have any issues. Our main objective is to ensure the city’s holiday parks capture their business, while offering an option to tourists who may otherwise would have to move.