Clive Jeffery, Mullumbimby.
Back in the day my wife and I experienced the joys and feelings of freedom that come from, in our case, Kombi travel. We travelled once for 12 months and once for eight months.
I know that we showed a great deal more respect for the local environments and the people in them than appears to be the case from some travellers in and around the Shire today.
The talk of regulated campsites being too expensive or just not available is, I believe, a furphy.
If travellers have to camp ‘illegally’ then doing that, and not trashing the joint, are not mutually exclusive.
The solution I propose is clamping. News of the use of clamping by Council would spread rapidly via social media to other travellers in vans coming to Byron Shire.
I am sure that the clamping of a vehicle occupied by people who are seen to have trashed the place, caused nuisance, or to be camping ‘illegally’ would be a major and effective deterrent; coupled of course with a significant upfront fine to be paid to Council in order to get a vehicle unclamped. It will work.