'Camping has been a key point of interest'
Congested campsites highlighted in
draft River Red Gum
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THE vexed problem of overcrowded campsites was highlighted at
consultations on a River Red Gum Draft Management Plan, Parks Victoria has
But it said free, dispersed camping would continue as the main form of
camping in the River Red Gum parks, while the plan proposes that crowded
campsites at Wills Bend, Stantons Bend and Farley Bend could have
facilities upgraded together with a booking and fee system so visitors
could better secure a spot.
"It's great to see people taking an interest in this draft plan, which
aims to protect and enhance the River Red Gum landscape, while encouraging
recreation and tourism," Parks Victoria regional director Craig Stubbings
"Camping has been a key point of interest, with concern about the impact
of overcrowding and what that means for being able to secure a spot.
“Free camping will continue to be the main form of camping, but with more
and more people visiting our outdoors spaces it's critical people only
camp where it's appropriate and without damaging the environment or
important cultural sites."
With overcrowding at some campsites impacting local communities, cultural
sites, tourism and the environment, the draft plan has also proposed a
clearer definition of some boundaries.
At consultation sessions in Cobram, Echuca, Shepparton and Mildura, Parks
Victoria staff also explained that there was no change proposed to the
areas currently permitted for boating or fishing.
Following strong recent interest in the draft plan, the closing date for
public submissions has been extended by two weeks to October 14.
The River Red Gum Parks Draft Management Plan is being developed to guide
the protection of much of Victoria's River Red Gum floodplain parks,
reserves and wetlands, and the management of the area’s environment,
cultural sites, tourism and recreation.
A final plan is expected to be released next year.
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