'Council forced into action'

Ban brings cold comfort for informal campers in Snowy Mountains region

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INFORMAL camping in NSW's Jindabyne and its surrounds has been banned.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council said it had been forced into the action after a dramatic rise in campers.

The ban affects Jindabyne, Tyrolean Village, East Jindabyne and Kalkite.

"There will be no camping in carparks, streets, reserves and lake foreshore, and new signage will reflect this," the council said.

It has also banned overnighting at the Claypits carpark because it could not satisfy the requirements of a COVID-safe plan under the Public Health Order.

"We have assessed alternatives and liaised with other councils," the council said.

"This has included the review of paid permit systems but the current solution is to close off this area to any overnight parking."

Police and rangers will patrol the areas and issue infringement notices to people flouting the new rule.

The council said the current volume of use of camping areas had affected the "public perception" of the amenities and foreshore in particular.

This was having a "negative impact" on a town whose tourism business levels had already been affected by bushfire, ongoing drought, snow season uncertainty and COVID-19.

"The costs associated with cleaning and waste have dramatically increased with the influx of informal campers," the council said.

"Council thanks those campers who had been trying to keep the site clean and had been taking their rubbish to the landfill to lessen the impact."

No informal camping will be available for the remainder of this year but the council will further consider regulations after that.


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