Proston District Golf Club members Geoff Farris, David Hunter and Wayne Charity at the Proston Pink Golf Day on Saturday, November 16. (Photo: Jessica McGrath)
Proston District Golf Club members Geoff Farris, David Hunter and Wayne Charity at the Proston Pink Golf Day on Saturday, November 16. (Photo: Jessica McGrath)

How free camping might help a small country town

OFFERING free camping is the key to encouraging more tourists to spend money in the local town.

This is according to Proston District Golf Club, who say they are doing their bit to ensure Proston has a chance to thrive.

Club member Margaret Westerman said they had seen just under 14,000 campers since June last year.

“What we’re doing is not just for the golf club, but also for the town,” she said.

“It’s that community coming together.”

The golf club encourages people to spend money in the small country town of Proston and nearby towns like Hivesville.

“We can promote the area to people,” Ms Westerman said.

“It encourages people to go into the town and go to places like the Jacaranda Tearooms and Boondooma Dam.”

Proston Golf Club members Pat Rodger, Brian and Judy Garland, Ann McGregor, Irene Edwards and Margaret Westerman at the Proston Pink Golf Day on Saturday, November 16. (Photo: Jessica McGrath)
Proston Golf Club members Pat Rodger, Brian and Judy Garland, Ann McGregor, Irene Edwards and Margaret Westerman at the Proston Pink Golf Day on Saturday, November 16. (Photo: Jessica McGrath)

The golf club only asks campers to give a donation towards their stay, which covers hot water and maintenance of the site.

“We allow dogs, that are controlled and clean of course, and it’s very quiet here,” she said.

The golf club are looking forward to strengthening their relationship with the Proston Campdraft committee as they negotiate accommodation options for the next campdraft event.

“We’re planning to make an unused area of the property for camping,” she said.

“It’s a win-win situation with people coming to town and using the golf club.”

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