NIGHT WATCH: Byron Shire Council is warning visitors not to camp illegally in the town’s streets and parks over the Easter break.
NIGHT WATCH: Byron Shire Council is warning visitors not to camp illegally in the town’s streets and parks over the Easter break. Contributed

Don’t get too comfortable, Byron Council warns campers

ON THE eve of the busy Easter holiday period, Byron Shire Council is warning visitors not to camp illegally in the town's streets and parks or they risk the wrath of council staff who will be policing the town almost 24 hours a day.

The council has cracked down on illegal camping after coming under fire over "vanpackers" camping and defecating in residential streets around Byron Bay.

Last month the council put up No camping signs along Tennyson St and the lay-by on Bangalow Rd at Coopers Shoot to deter campers and in 2014 has issued more than 550 penalty notices; 170 formal warnings with 133 penalty notices this month alone.

The council's governance manager, Ralph James said since April 2012 more than 2350 penalty infringement notices for the offence of camping (in a street or reserve).

Mr James said over the coming two weeks there would be six regulatory staff rostered on from 6am until the evening as well as 9pm until 6am shifts during the Easter long weekend.

"Staff will be patrolling known street camping hot spots and responding to resident concerns," said Mr James.

"This includes patrolling beach dunes"


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