Bingara welcomes motorhome rally

October 16, 2008

This week, Bingara township’s population, usually between 1300 and 1400, is about 3500.

Bingara is playing host to the 23rd Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia Inc. rally, with 970 motorhomes of various sizes making the showground home until Sunday.

This photograph, taken at about 4.30 on Mondayafternoon, shows the mass of motorhomes which moved onto the showground for the 23rd CMCA rally.

Volunteers started moving onto the showground last week, with the bulk of rally members arriving on Monday.

Organisers, David and Lyn Fricke, have been here since June.

Several members arrived last week, and set up camp along the river until they moved to the showground on Monday.

Others waited at roadside rest areas and in other towns. On Sunday, the Inverell Showground contained so many motorhomes, one could almost be forgiven for thinking that Inverell was staging a rival rally.

The motorhomes, and their occupants were, of course, waiting to come to Bingara.

Council staff were on point duty to ensure the smooth flow of traffic to the showground.

Several visitors have indicated they will stay for several days after the conclusion of the rally on Sunday.

Volunteers were welcomed to Bingara at a function at the Roxy Theatre last Friday night, and on Saturday night, they celebrated the successful rally organisation with a hangi at the Showground.

During the week, the CMCA members will be attending a variety of seminars at the showground, and taking day trips to Upper Horton, a tour of local gardens, day trips to Inverell, a lavender farm, fossicking, a trip to Warialda, a tour to Gravesend and the pecan nut farm, the Murray Cod hatchery, and a rural property experience.