Free camp area good for re­gion

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT - John Mac El­roy Monto

I READ with in­ter­est the ar­ti­cle on page 10 of the CNBT on July 17 where Cr Fran­cis made com­ment on the free camp­ing that takes place at Wu­ruma Dam.

The idea of free-camp­ing in a self-con­tained unit is just that.

You have a toi­let and show­ers on board – if there is a toi­let at the site then peo­ple will use it – and the on-board toi­lets will be emp­tied at the next dump point that is close to where they are or where they are head­ing.

The lit­tle piece about farm­ers hav­ing to pay ex­tra money put onto their wa­ter bill to main­tain the free camp area is to­tal rub­bish.

SunWater put its price on the wa­ter to try to re­coup the in­fra­struc­ture cost as well as run­ning SunWater it­self.

Cr Fran­cis seems to for­get that the towns of Monto and Eidsvold are do­ing it pretty tough, es­pe­cially Monto with the clo­sure of the rail­way, sawmill, but­ter fac­tory and the mine.

These peo­ple that are free-camp­ing spend a lot of money in our towns and should be en­cour­aged, not closed out by try­ing to turn the area into a com­mer­cial busi­ness like Ca­nia Gorge.

That would take peo­ple away from Ca­nia and no­body wants that.

If the peo­ple us­ing the free-camp­ing wanted to go to a com­mer­cial place, they would be go­ing to Ca­nia.

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