Livingstone Shire Council mayor Bill Ludwig.
Livingstone Shire Council mayor Bill Ludwig. Contributed.

Free camping on the agenda at coast council meeting

GREY nomads can cross their fingers as potential free camping sites were discussed at the Yeppoon council meeting yesterday.

Livingstone Shire Council mayor Bill Ludwig yesterday confirmed council had adopted the Queensland Camping Toolkit which aimed to help encourage development of diverse accommodation for tourists.

Cr Ludwig said council aimed for balance and the guide was adopted to provide council with clear, accurate information on a range of options.

Although he didn't rule out the possibility of free camping in the future, no location or time frame was determined for a possible site.

"It is something that we have recognised and something we are workshopping as we know we need something that's responsive to travelling tourists,” Cr Ludwig said.

"We are seeking balance as we have a lot of great operators and we just need to make sure we have a full range of offerings.

"It's a work in progress. We have adopted the guide to assist us as we develop in a changing market.”

Free camping at Rockhampton's Kershaw Gardens stay-area has caused legal concerns for Rockhampton Regional Council which Cr Ludwig said was a lesson learnt.

"It's up to every council to decide how they're going to run such a facility and we will look at all of the options to see what's worked in other areas for communities that may suit us,” he said.

Cr Ludwig said previous free-camping areas at the Yeppoon Showgrounds and other facilities became too expensive, but council was looking into other options.

"We have previously been approached by potential clubs that it's something they might be able to do,” he said.

"It's important to investigate these options further and understand what's going to complement the existing facilities.”



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