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May 14, 2021

Overpriced crown-land van parks pave way for illegal camping

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Our crown land caravan parks have priced themselves out of this young/low budget tourist market and actually helped create this growing problem of street camping.

Instead of retaining cheap affordable campsites, we’ve seen an increase in high return cabin precincts occupying prime positions.

Holiday homes are also wildly overpriced particularly during peak/festival seasons so it’s not surprising young travellers are not willing to fork out for sub-standard, expensive accommodation.

Council could easily provide short term camping zones during these peak periods, but prefers to use the big stick and fine people instead.

Brunswick Heads Foreshore Protection Group has repeatedly recommended the Old Pacific Highway site alongside Ferry Reserve camping ground be used for overnight vans.

Also Byron’s railway sidings are unutilised and could provide practical relief for households left to deal with the problem.

There are positive win/win solutions but it’s so much easier to whinge and beat up on the victims of this appalling Council policy.

Let’s face it, low budget travellers are just not profitable – and it seems Byron Shire would prefer to force them out with punitive measures, so our tourism industry can focus on the big returns from those wealthy upmarket elites.

Political donations fund council elections too!

Michele Grant, Foreshore Protection Group

 


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