Council plans new crackdown on illegal camping
Especially targeted will be campervans parked overnight in residential areas.
A report to today’s council meeting said there were regular complaints from residents about the impact of illegal campers on their neighbourhood.
Those complaints, the report said, related to noise, rubbish left behind, loss of amenity and people defecating next to their vehicles.
It said council rangers carried out regular patrols of areas well-known as popular camping spots.
People found camping illegally were directed to move on and, as well, could be given a ticket for a parking infringement.
However, even with the best intent and with ‘vigorous enforcement’, the response was still ‘reactive’ and only addressed the problem after the nuisance had occurred.
Measures put forward by council staff aimed at reducing street camping include:
A concerted and consistent enforcement effort by all rangers which will become well-known through ‘word of mouth’.
More frequent liaison with campervan rental companies.
Liaison with caravan park and backpacker outlets to provide a system of after-hours access.
Encourage greater use of highway rest areas at Bangalow, Tyagarah, North Ocean Shores and Yelgun.
Using large portable electronic message boards at peak holiday times warning that street camping won’t be tolerated.