Aussie Group Fighting for Freedom Camping

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July 15, 2014 by   1 Comment

A leading Australian recreational vehicle lobby group has voiced frustration at delays in moving forward with proposals to establish freedom camping and free waste-disposal dumping points for RVs.

Earlier this month, Ballarat, Victoria, officials voted to defer the two contentious items due to the city’s request to seek legal assistance on the matters.

The legal assistance was sparked by an urgent letter submitted to the council by Victorian Caravan Parks Association CEO Elizabeth White on the advice of her legal adviser, outlining the concerns of the association.

But Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) board director Keith Moxham criticized the late submission of the Victorian Caravan Parks Association and said it had undermined a submission by CMCA, which had taken more than two years to create.

“CMCA and the City of Ballarat have been working together to make Ballarat recreational-vehicle friendly and boost the city’s tourism industry for a number of years,” Moxham said. “The Victorian Caravan Parks Association was free to raise any legal issues regarding Pioneer Park at any time during that process, but decided to do this only at the last minute.”

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One Response to “Aussie Group Fighting for Freedom Camping”

  1. Terry Goodall on July 16th, 2014 7:07 pm

    This is a very complex issue and one that requires both sides of the argument to be fairly and equally considered. The Holiday Park industry is one that provides a valuable service to all travellers, tourists, holidaymakers and RVers and deserves to be given the opportunity to protect its place in the market or, at the very least be able to compete on equal terms with councils wishing to set up in competition with them.