Byron moves closer to providing free camping for vanpackers

BYRON Bay is moving closer to providing free camping for vanpackers, with a decision to join the North Coast Destination Network Freedom Traveller Taskforce.

The decision, which is subject to costs, extends to the council supporting the development of a 'freedom camping in Byron' management strategy that minimises the potential negative environmental/social effects of free camping and complements Byron's tourism brand.

"We are moving away from zero tolerance approach, which has not worked, to look at managing free camping," Cr Paul Spooner said.

"We will collaborate with tourism operators and other councils to develop a common approach to managing free camping so it doesn't adversely affect residents or the environment.

"This may involve developing specific messaging to campers and the industry, or develop designated areas for use by free campers."



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