Camping ‘problem’ could see car park shut at night

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There is concern over the number of people camping overnight in a national park car park

Authorities in Queensland look set to crack down on the number of people camping ‘illegally’ in a popular national park on the Sunshine Coast.

Despite signs being in place warning visitors that camping is prohibited at the 64-bay car park at Noosa National Park, it remains a popular overnight parking spot for travellers … especially young backpackers.

One option apparently being considered to reduce the ‘problem’ is to end the 24-hour access to the car park currently allowed.

“Implementing regulated night time parking restrictions is one of a number of options Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is considering to manage overnight stays by transient vehicle-based travellers and park visitors,” a Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service spokeswoman said. “No decision has been made with regard to regulating parking at Noosa Heads National Park car park.”

The Noosa National Park Team leader Dennis Massoud told the Sunshine Coast Daily newspaper that he had concerns about the effect the campers’ presence was having on the area and he supported the possible re-introduction of locking the car park at night as a solution.

“It used to be managed very well years ago,” Mr Massoud said. “The car park was closed at 6pm and they had gates on it.”

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service said rangers had not issued any infringement notices in relation to illegal camping in the car park in the past year. However, it said rangers had been active in moving on people who were camping in the car park.

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5 Responses to Camping ‘problem’ could see car park shut at night

  1. Have set on the spot fines. Ranger visit early in the morning and a few fines should put a stop to it. What about wheel clamping ?

  2. why not open a camp ground

  3. the backpackers will not care in the least they don’t pay their fines anyway

  4. “One option apparently being considered to reduce the ‘problem’ is to end the 24-hour access to the car park currently allowed.”
    Wow, what a novel solution. Guess some clever hired consultants came up with that idea.

  5. The Councia must hsve sigins put around the district
    Even in side streets oherwise your officers hsvee no
    Right to give the motir homr driver a ticjet fir parking overnght
    It will not stand up in court if the there is no proper
    Signed this is common sense

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