Illegal camps hot topic for council
THE issue of illegal camping and where to place the annual influx of backpackers has again come to the attention of North Burnett Regional Council.
The council has been looking at ways to deal with this issue that assists the rural industries where the seasonal labour can assist with getting the crops off and balancing the issues of commercial operators for accommodation and the amenity of the town.
The council has initiated meetings with the police and other government agencies to discuss the issue and actions that can be undertaken.
Actions such as the temporary closure of Claude Wharton Weir to camping due to health and safety concerns have been taken.
The council regularly conducts compliance inspections on the impacted areas in the regional area, particularly the towns of Mundubbera and Gayndah.
Recently a new commercial development application has been approved by the council for the Gayndah area that will specifically cater for camping.
Other legal camping facilities are available both within the towns and on property and campers are encouraged to use these facilities.
This issue will not be solved by any single group, but by working together we can get a positive outcome for our communities.