Wauchope will soon be the first motorcycle friendly town in NSW, and only the second in Australia.
The Chamber of Commerce and the council will launch the initiative this Saturday November 19, when bikers gather in Bain Park at 9.30am.
The concept is similar to the RV Friendly Town program, of which Wauchope is a member. Scott Carroll of the Wauchope Motel is right behind the move.
“We get a lot of bikers staying here, and anything we can do to promote that more is great,” he said.
Deputy Mayor Cr Lisa Intemann thinks it’s an excellent idea.
“It’s great that Wauchope is getting this recognition – for its friendly atmosphere, welcoming facilities, boutique shopping and of course its connection to the unrivalled Wauchope to Walcha mountain run.
“Well done to the Wauchope Chamber for pursuing this initiative and getting our town on the national motorcycle touring map,” she said.
The initiative will encourage more riders to stop and enjoy Wauchope hospitality and services.
This launch coincides with the work being undertaken by the organisers of the 2017 Ulysses AGM which will be held in Wauchope in May 2017.
Businesses are being asked to participate in the concept and can do so by displaying the Motorcycle Friendly Town logo, providing useful visitor information, not only about local attractions but also any facilities they may need such as fuel, repairs, distances and routes and where to stay.
A recent spending figure for motorcyclists quoted $149/day versus grey nomads at around one-third of that as their daily spend.
Wauchope Chamber of Commerce has more information available for businesses interested in participating.
They can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.