Council to crack down on illegal camping

Burdekin Shire Council will crack down on illegal camping under new Local Laws passed at this week’s meeting.

Council this week voted to erect camping signage in all local areas as soon as possible in accordance with Local Laws.

Council Chief Executive Officer Ken Holt said there had been a number of complaints made to council about people camping at Wunjunga and Plantation Park.

Visitors are allowed to stay for 48 hours in 14 days at the Home Hill Comfort Stop, four days in 14 at Funny Dunny Park at Wunjunga and camping is not permitted at Plantation Park.

“Council will also get some signs made to put at these sites stating the Local Laws regarding camping in our parks,” Mr Holt said.

“Once the signs are erected appropriate action can then be taken to enforce those laws.”

He said the issue of the itinerants living at Plantation Park was a more complicated one.

“They will most likely not move voluntarily and it is more than likely that council will have to force them to move and may have to involve the police,” he said.

“We also have to take into account their possessions, like cars, that may have to be seized or removed from the Park.

“Then there is the issue of what to do with the people in the park. We need to do something with them as we can’t just remove them from the park to the roadway.”

For further information on the Local Laws please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

Useful Links

  • Local Law No. 4 (Local Government Controlled Areas, Facilities and Roads) 2012
  • Subordinate Local Law No. 4 (Local Government Controlled Areas, Facilities and Roads) 2012

For information relating to illegal camping please refer to Schedule 1 Section 4r and Schedule 6 of Subordinate Local Law No. 4.

A full list of council’s local laws are now available on the Department of Local Government and Planning website:

 

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