Club will feel effect of empty camp site
AS THE grey nomads, campers and travellers move on to other nearby free camps, they take the money they spend in local shops in Biloela with them.
Biloela Anzac Memorial Club manager Greg Seagrott said they would feel the effects as they were going to lose business.
“It definitely has affected our business already, we used to get a lot of them coming through on a Sunday, particularly for lunch,” Greg said.
Greg said he felt a number of them would move on, despite the recently opened Lake Callide Retreat with powered and unpowered sites nearby.
“If they can’t camp up for free, some will move on and go to the next one,” he said.
“It is disappointing but at the end of the day they have facilities out there that are cheap.”
Some campers have stated they will move on to the next free camp as they don’t want to pay for sites.
“It all costs money to run a park and if they are charging reasonable prices, they should be able to stay even if it is for a night or two,” Greg said.
“I don’t know what else you can do but at the end of the day everyone has to pay their way as well.
“But it’s hard, we don’t want to see them go.”
Greg hopes the club will still be able to capitalise on some of the grey nomads and travellers who pass through Biloela.
“We have had them pull up and grab smoko on the way through,” he said.
A local himself, Greg said it was frustrating to see the small minority that ruined the camping for everyone else.
“I have seen clowns come in with their utes and bikes and that is what wrecks it,” he said.
“The hooligans that have nothing better to do.”
Greg said the hooligans not only wrecked the land but their behaviour also created safety concerns.
“I have spent one night out there camping with a group of young children in the last five years and I saw three lots of them,” he said.
“We were worried they were going to come over to our camp.”
A major attraction, it has been devastating to see the camping closed on Callide Dam for a number of locals that enjoy camping out there and look after the place – it wasn’t just for the out-of-town campers.
“The dam is there to be enjoyed by everyone and when you get those fools that wreck it for everyone else,” Greg said.
“It affects everyone and the community.”
LOST BUSINESS: Greg Seagrott says the Biloela Anzac Memorial Club will feel the effects of the campers moving on from Callide Dam.