Il­le­gal camps hot topic for coun­cil

Central and North Burnett Times - - AROUND TOWN -

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.

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