Finding a completely free place to camp in Queensland’s Hervey Bay area could soon be a lot more difficult … but bringing your pets into van parks could be much easier.
These are two of the key recommendations from a Camping Options Stakeholders Group that has been meeting for the past eight months to develop strategies to bring more grey nomads and other caravanners and motorhomes into the region.
The group’s conclusions are expected to be endorsed by Fraser Coast councillors at their meeting in Hervey Bay tomorrow night.
The council has several basic camping grounds which are currently free to use, but the report recommends that a $10 fee be introduced, with the money being put back into the upkeep of grounds. Among other key recommendations are that campers be free to consume alcohol in council-run caravan parks, pets be allowed into the parks, and that more action be taken to fine illegal campers.
Councillor Stuart Taylor, who was a member of the Stakeholders Group, said that improving infrastructure for recreational vehicles and caravans has been a recurring theme.
“The number one request from me personally was getting a dump point in Hervey Bay,” he told the Fraser Coast Chronicle. He said that there was currently no dump point in Hervey Bay and this compared poorly to towns like Maryborough where there were three places for campers to dump waste.
The issue of illegal camping at places such as the All Abilities Playground car park in Pialba was also addressed by the group. Cr Taylor told the Fraser Coast Chronicle that a new system such as closing the car park overnight would allow compliance officers to issue a parking infringement to campers. He said the notice would be attached to the car, ensuring vehicle hire companies would chase up the occupants.
* If implemented, will these measures make you more likely to stay – and stay longer – in Hervey Bay? What do you like or dislike about the proposals? Comment below.