SA town imposes ‘controls’ on free camping nomads

Published: November 2, 2015
Port Pirie imposes RV restrictions

The South Australian town of Port Pirie has had a second look at its ‘RV Friendly’ policies and decided that it doesn’t want them to be quite as friendly in the future.

Following a rethink about how it greets caravanners and motorhomers, Port Pirie Regional Council has decided to introduce spot fines for offenders who overstay their 48 hours allotted time in any area.

It has also ruled that there will be no free camping within five kilometres of a caravan park or the town’s central business district.

The Port Pirie Recorder reports that, after strong debate at the council meeting, Deputy Mayor Leon Stephens decided to withdraw an even more prickly proposal that would have seen the removal of dump points at Globe Oval and Jubilee Park.

In introducing his proposals, Cr Stephens had said ‘controls’ were needed on RV travellers.

But his strategy is not to be extended to the popular stopover points at Bowman Park, near Crystal Brook, and Lawrie Park at Nelshaby.

Cr Neville Wilson said RV camping should definitely continue at Crystal Brook, along with requirements on how long grey nomads and other travellers can stay.

“The overnight campers at Bowman Park have virtually eliminated vandalism,” he said.

* Have you found Port Pirie a welcoming place to stay? Comment below.

 

 

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Phillipn
6 years ago

Looks like the caravan parks have the mayor by the short and curly, or is he the owner of a caravan park
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Removal of dump points is just a childish act.

Don`t they want the grey nomads to spend their money in town?

Highway Hobo's
6 years ago

Oh well, Port Pirie congratulations you have just made it onto my do not visit list. Which naturally also means none of our money will be ever entering your local economy. We will bypass you and stop at a real RV friendly town.

Len
6 years ago
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Well congratulations Mr Mayor you will now win the dick of aussie travellers award — When your town is in dire need of proping up Don’t Use Grey nomads as am excuse — WE WILL NOT BE THERE

chris dawson
6 years ago

I don’tunderstand what the problem is if you have to move on after 48 hours It’s fair enough that you get fined as some people think they can stay as long as they like. This is the sort of thing that gives grey nomads a bad name.

Clarke Mc Dowell
6 years ago

I think 48 hours is fine some people seem to think that camping means squatting, I will certainly visit the next time I am there.

Andrea
6 years ago

I agree Clarke 48 hours of free camping is adequate and fair. People stopping longer should be prepared to support hardworking park owners.

Peter
6 years ago

Pt Pirie has nothing to offer except a large smelter and excess lead levels for the residents.

charlie
6 years ago

You should encourage tourism no down grade the traveler that may stop and spend just remember humans have to eat and vehicles don’t run on air

Alan
6 years ago

Well Port Pirie wants to be less rv friendly that is their rite , I will just give them a miss, no problem.

Colin
6 years ago

I see that “No Camping” signs have been put up at the Port Germain site that was a free camp. The dump point is still there with the government sign about money for regions. Can’t the council see that now there will be less money in the town to support the new managers of the small cafe near the jetty?

Brian Rimmer
6 years ago

Councils in towns such as this need to keep talking to nomads. I suspect there was some extreme views here, to think of removing dump points?????
Having just completed a 6 month round OZ trip, I feel that councils such be looking at local Caravan Parks to see if they are upto date and not 1960’s / 70’s standards

Brian Rimmer
6 years ago

Councils in towns such as this need to keep talking to nomads. I suspect there was some extreme views here, to think of removing dump points?????
Having just completed a 6 month round OZ trip, I feel that councils should be looking at local Caravan Parks to see if they are upto date and not 1960’s / 70’s standards

Mandy
5 years ago

Well, they DO need to upgrade their caravan parks, there are only two in the town and one is 1950’s standard – council should look at making them upgrade as we are paying 2017 prices for a 1950 caravan park and it’s archaic amenties block. We have spent good money in your town and all you do is slap grey nomads or just caravans and motohomer’s in the face with your local laws. I heard you have around 7% unemployement the HIGHEST IN THE STATE so why would you not want us spending money in your town. Doesn’t make sense to me

Chris Foofighter
3 years ago

Loss off business is what port pirie will have.. Detouring there from now on…….numbskulls

Bobby Burnt
2 years ago

Thanks for the info Mr mayor. Port Pirie now crossed off my list. I will spend money in a different town. What a joke of a council. Bye from us grey nomads.

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