From the archives: Tourists boost city economy

By Shepparton News

Tourists staying at the Victoria Park Lake Caravan Park in Shepparton are at present pouring more than $30000 a week into the city.

This figure is based on a random check of 20 vans at the park last week.

The occupants of the 20 vans are spending on average $18 a day while in Shepparton.

Their spending ranged from $5 to $50 a day.

And at present there are 200 vans and 70 tents at the park.

Tourists at other caravan parks in the area would spend similar amounts.

Although the numbers are lower at these parks, generally they are higher than last year.

Apart from the ‘‘average spending’’ taken at random, there are numerous people who leave hundreds of dollars here in a matter of days.

In recent months these included van occupants who spent:

●$826 in one week, including $575 on a secondhand van.

●$205 for van annexe, in addition to other spending.

●$250 in one week, two people.

●$132 in 12 days, two people.

●$118 in three days, three people.

●$156 for five days, five adults and children, $120 spent on clothes.

●$100 for two days, six adults and children.

●$290 for five days, three adults.

●$200 for 13 days, five adults and children.

●$130 for television set, on top of normal spending, two adults.

●$200 for car repairs, additional to normal spending, two people.

●$95 for clothing and medical, additional to normal spending, four adults and children.

In addition, there have been the people who brought a new caravan, boat, car and, in numerous instances, agricultural machinery.

Park manager Jack Still said many caravanning farmers claimed they had never seen such a range of machinery as at Shepparton and at the right price.

And so it goes on.

There was the woman who spent $16 at the hairdresser, the bloke who spent $23 on liquid refreshment, and there was the money included in average spending which went on groceries, greengroceries, meat, gas, entertainment, cafes, petrol, gifts, hardware, milk, bread and cakes, cigarettes, clothes, dry cleaning, electrical goods, souvenirs, petrol, papers and magazines, not to mention soft drinks, icy poles and the like for children away from home on hot days.

Added up, it makes a pretty sizeable contribution to the economy of any centre.