At­tack on coun­cil’s sup­port of free camp­ing is dis­missed

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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