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Recreational Vehicle Camping Areas

Recreational Vehicle Camping Areas

1 April 2014

With the increase of visitors travelling with self-contained motorhomes and caravans, the Wattle Range Council is considering designating camping areas for these vehicles.

Mayor Peter Gandolfi said Council is seeking public comment on the designation of limited short term vehicle only camping areas in various locations across the Council area.

Mr Gandolfi said more and more people are travelling with self-contained vehicles and currently there are no designated areas where they can camp.

“Visitors are currently stopping throughout Wattle Range during their stay and Council is well aware that some are camping at inappropriate areas including town parklands,” said Mr Gandolfi.

“As a result, Council is aiming to limit the camping to appropriate locations and regulating these stays through its bylaws.”

He said refusing free camping altogether would simply result in travellers moving to neighbouring council areas resulting in lost income to the retail and service sector in Wattle Range.

“Some owners of self-contained motorhomes and caravans choose not to stay in caravan parks,” Mr Gandolfi said. “To cater to these people Council established a bylaw allowing short-term stays and is now in the process of identifying suitable areas where this free camping can occur. These locations will be only for self-contained motorhomes and caravans and will not allow the erection of tents.”

Council is seeking feedback from members of the public, including caravan park owners and others in the business community, on the locations being considered for recreational vehicle free camping.

Council officers have suggested the following locations could be considered as designated free camping areas:

  • Greenrise Lake, Penola – maximum of 2 nights
  • Kalangadoo Railway Reserve Park – overnight only
  • Railway Reserve Tantanoola – maximum 2 nights
  • Visitor Information Centre, Millicent – overnight only
  • Mt Gambier Road Parking Bay – overnight only

Maps showing these sites and further information on Council’s Recreational Vehicle Camping Areas can be found on Councils Website: http://www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au/rv-vancamping 

Written submissions should be addressed to the Wattle Range Council and posted to one of the following addresses before 5pm on Wednesday 30th April 2014:

  • PO Box 27, Millicent SA 5280; or left at:
  • the 'Civic Centre', George Street, Millicent
  • Beachport Visitor Information Centre - Millicent Road, Beachport
  • Penola Visitor Information Centre - 27 Arthur Street, Penola

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