As the fantasy of freedom and a cheap holiday leads more people to hire vans and take advantage of the beauty of Byron Shire and surrounding areas the impacts on both the residents and nature are becoming a major issue.
Council carparks at Broken Head look set to be closed for much of the summer owing to the risk of fires being started by tourists and illegal campers in the bushy area.
Council staff are out 24/7 over the holiday period issuing fines. Meanwhile a member of the Green and Clean Awareness Team has taken to Facebook about the state of Clarkes Beach.
A spike in illegal camping in the nature reserve next to Brunswick Heads Surf Club is taking a toll on native plants and animals there, with some campers bringing cars, dogs and petrol-powered generators into the pristine spot. Despite Council... Read More →
Byron Shire Council says a recent spike in illegal camping in areas like Mullumbimby’s Heritage Park could be due to people being moved on from the Gold Coast ahead of the impending Commonwealth Games.
Mullumbimby resident Jodie Ewin has taken to Facebook to vent her frustration about being ‘kept awake every night having to listen to illegal campers’ in the town's Heritage Park.
The holiday period was busy for Byron Shire Council’s enforcement team with 11 staff working early and finishing late. Some 200 fines were handed out for illegal camping and another 900 for parking-related issues.
Vanpackers should be welcomed into the Shire and given designated parking areas, rather than being ostracised for the actions of a small minority, a veteran van man says.
Council rangers patrolling a residential area for illegal campers were assaulted by a tourist last week and threatened with a steering column lock.
A recent Facebook post that went viral around the region has brought home just how fast Chinese whispers can travel in a small shire.
Squatter camps in the hinterland surrounding Byron Bay are illegal, but easy to find; behind the main strip, Jonson Street, walk a few metres inland, and tents appear.
Illegal camping in Byron shire during the upcoming peak holiday season will be targeted by a beefed up squad of council rangers.
Illegal camping in Tweed shire’s southern coastal dunes between Pottsville and Wooyung will be targeted by rangers in a multi-pronged crackdown.
Ten people were fined in Byron Local Court on Thursday as Byron Shire Council continues its crackdown on illegal overnight camping.
Three Sydneysiders have been fined a total of more than $4,000 for street camping in Byron Bay.
Michele Grant, Foreshore Protection Group. 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.