Attack on council’s support of free camping is dismissed
A CARAVAN park owner’s complaint, that North Burnett Regional Council’s support of free overnight camping by the RV community is a business activity, will receive no further attention from council.
At the recent council meeting, councillors backed CEO Mark Pitt’s finding that free camping on Council-controlled land was not a “business activity”, for the purposes of a competitive neutrality complaint, under the Local Government Act 2009.
Mr Pitt told councillors he had followed due process.
Manda-Inn owner Tommaso Marinucci has argued since December 2013 that council’s provision of free camping was anti-competitive, and “just a bad business if you’re not making any money out of it” to pay maintenance costs or promote the town.
Mr Marinucci was disappointed by the council’s response. “Ratepayer funded lawyers are being employed at great expense to assist the council in its mean and tricky use of legal loopholes to avoid addressing my complaint,” he said.