Locals support plan to attract
seeking operators for
public camping site at Sisters Beach
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TASMANIA'S Waratah-Wynyard Council is
looking for operators to run a public camping site at Sisters Beach in the
Applie Isle's Rocky Cape National Park.
Locals who once criticised the behaviour of freedom campers, now support
the idea of providing "controlled" facilities for the budget-concious
Council community and engagement director Tracey Bradley said the
authority sought to be "good hosts" of visitors to the area.
"And we would like them to be good guests when they come to our place,"
"To achieve that we'll give a high level of warm, welcoming support ...
but we will also put in place the measures to protect the values and
environments important to us."
In a statement, the council said public camping had been considered as
part of several reports relating to Sisters Beach.
After consulting the area's community to determine need, identifying site
requirements and considering appropriate management models, the council
adopted a motion to begin an expression of interest process to find an
operator for a public camping site.
This would enable the council to consider the viability and public
interest in establishing the site.
The consultation process was supported by the council-formed Sisters Beach
A discussion paper on public camping in Sisters Beach was distributed to
the community for comment.
"The discussion paper was developed to enable broad comments rather than
yes/no responses," Ms Bradley said.
"The comments were constructive and provided details of why public camping
at Sisters Beach was either supported or not considered appropriate."
Supporters noted the increase of vibrancy in the community and the
economic value to the community as positives.
Opponents raised issues including traffic management and the impacts on
the singular access road into Sisters Beach.
The expression of interest process will close on October 9.
In a letter to local newspaper The Advocate, resident Charlie Jacobson
said the community was aware just how valuable freedom campers were.
"They would rather a low/no cost camp and spend their money enjoying local
eateries and shops," he wrote.
"They won't spend their limited budget on high cost caravan parks with
facilities that most do not need.
"There's an opening here for caravan parks to provide low-cost overnight
sites for users who only need limited safe facilities, with, say, a PAYG
laundry and a dump point."
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