A Sunshine Coast resident has launched a clever website that helps link caravan and motor-home travellers with land owners who offer a parking place for the night in exchange for doing simple chores around the house. Free Range Camping was launched recently by Rob and Michelle Catania and shared informally with guests at the launch of the Food and Agribusiness Network at Palmwoods.
“Just like the free range chooks,we believe people should have the freedom to choose where they wish to stay,” Mr Catania said.
He gave an example of a pensioner at Bargara near Bundaberg, needing help to repair his motorhome, who in return allowed his visiting helpers to park their caravan in a beautiful location with beach views.
The website links up travellers and the landowners, but it is entirely up them to negotiate the terms of the visit, whether it includes the completion of chores, and also the term of the stay. The operation of the scheme has similar characteristics to the controversies over Uber and the taxi system. Mr Catania said the website would eventually be used to create a convenient app. At the moment, Free Range Camping is calculating monetising strategies, but advertising to the network of members is underway.