As many as eight extra free campsites could soon be officially available to grey nomads travelling on South Australia’s Limestone Coast
A Grant District Council staff report – tabled at the October general meeting – stated there was an increasing number of sites across the district which were used for free camping … but not always with council approval.
The report recommended elected members consult the community about the possibility of allowing some of these sites to become official free camping grounds, which would ‘limit camping to appropriate locations’ and ‘enable better regulation’ of the sites.
Council considered 23 sites for free camping and determined eight were the most appropriate. They are: Surfers Way Beach Carpark 2; Surfers Way Beach Carpark 3; Birdhide; 816 Eight Mile Creek Road; Dry Creek; Blackfellows Caves (2 Delineated Car Park Sites); Orwell Rocks; and Allendale East Recreation Reserve
Grant District Council Mayor Richard Sage said areas such as the Eight Mile Creek site had always been popular, and placing the areas on the official list of free camp sites would allow for better maintenance and oversight.
“The biggest changes this decision would make is that people would legally be able to camp there, time frames would be varied in other areas and it would allow us as council to monitor the areas more often,” Mr Sage said. “People are looking for nature experiences and if we can capture future travellers and put them in a place that is welcoming it will benefit everybody.”
Border Watch reports that the idea is that, for areas without facilities, visitors would need to provide their own – whether it be within a caravan or hiring portable facilities.
“Eight sites is a significant amount of new sites and although all might not be approved, the public will be able to express their concerns or their support on the areas,” Mr Sage said.
He said adding the sites onto official free camping areas would also encourage more visitors to the Limestone Coast.
“There is a demand for more free camping sites as people wish to explore our nature-based tourism,” Mr Sage said. “We wish to maintain and look after our beaches and pristine coastal landscapes whilst also welcoming people to the region to be able to explore what we have to offer”.
Border Watch reports that community consultation will be held from October 20 until November 10, with elected members expected to make the final decision at the November 18 general meeting.
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