No evidence to suggest illegal campers
are economically beneficial: report
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Port Adelaide Enfield Council in SA has
reported an increase in the number of complaints targeted at illegal
overnight camping at Semaphore and Largs Bay.
A report considered by councillors at their recent meeting said the worst
spot was the Semaphore south foreshore opposite Paxton Street
(pictured) which attracted a mix of travellers
including caravanners and backpackers.
Some overnighters have been accused of public urinating and showering
‒ either naked or just in underwear
‒ pouring cooking oils into toilets, sinks and
drains, and leaving rubbish around their vehicles.
Councillors decided that parking will now be banned between 10pm and 5am.
The report poured cold water on claims that overnight campers were
economically beneficial to the area.
"There is little evidence to suggest that overnight campers on the
foreshore are significantly injecting large amounts into our local visitor
economy," it said.
"From previous experience many of the people who camp are backpackers and
are travelling on a budget and traditionally spend money on fuel and food
from the supermarket, rather than spending money on tourist attractions
and eating out."
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