Public have until the of month to discuss camping areas

January 25, 2009

Members of the public have until January 30 to voice their opinions about camping along the river foreshore in the Bingara town area.

Camping in the town area was previously not permitted, except for an area on the northern side of the river, upstream from the Campbell Bridge.  This spot is particularly popular with local people, especially during Easterfish competition.

An exception was made to the rule in the lead up to and immediately after the CMCA rally in October when camping was permitted along the northern side of the river for a limited, specified period.

However, other tourists saw the campers and moved in, unaware of the conditions under which the CMCA members were allowed to stay.

Council received several complaints about the motorhomes and caravans camping in the area opposite the end of the main street, and after discussion, came up with a proposal to allow camping among the trees (the locals’ favourite spot), and an area opposite the golf course.

Under the proposal, camping will not be allowed anywhere on the southern side of the river, nor in the area from the Warialda Road to about opposite Riddell Street on the northern side.

Gwydir Shire Council General Manager, Max Eastcott, said on Monday afternoon he had received four written comments on the matter, expressing a range of views.