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'Yep, that's correct'

Kershaw Gardens in the Beef City again welcomes travellers

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ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council has confirmed that the controversial Kershaw Gardens camping area in the Beef City is again open for travellers.

A spokesperson told Caravanning News: "Yep, that's correct. Fully self-contained vehicles can stay for up to 48 hours."

But the Caravan Parks Association of Queensland told us it was "disappointed" the council had changed the planning scheme to suit its own purpose and needs.

It had disregarded the decision handed down by the Planning and Environment Court, the association claimed.

"Despite changing their planning scheme to suit themselves, the council continue to impose a high level of regulation and significant fees and charges on local caravan parks which must in turn be passed on to their guests," general manager Michelle Weston said.

"This decision by the council will have a negative impact on the local community in terms of costs to ratepayers to maintain the site and losses of jobs and economic activity in the region."

The association, backed by local parks, won a heated legal battle in 2018 to have caravans and other RVs banned from overnighting at the gardens.

The site's closure caused uproar among travellers, with the 4600-member Australian Caravan Club expressing its concern to politicians over possible ramifications.

Social media was packed with threats from caravanners and other travellers to boycott the city.


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