Illegal campers at Belongil Beach, Byron Bay.
Illegal campers at Belongil Beach, Byron Bay.

Illegal campers trash Byron Bay

NEW Year's Day saw many coastal areas of the Northern Rivers awash with rubbish and illegal campers, but spare a thought for residents just outside Byron Bay who awake to a similar sight most mornings.

The beach carparks at Belongil are often clogged with illegal campers in vans, cars, tents, and flatbed trucks despite new signage erected in the middle of 2012 which expanded Byron Shire Council's ability to take action against offenders.

Locals say the problem is a particular concern at this location as the nearest public toilets are kilometres away raising the risk of a disease outbreak with human waste a common site.

This morning the area looked like a war-zone with dozens of revellers camped illegally in the area and rubbish strewn recklessly, but most mornings there's at least a half dozen camper vans just several hundred metres from legal camping sites.



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