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.
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