The Meander Valley Council in Tasmania’s north, has shut down a popular free campsite in the town of Westbury, which is on the route between Devonport and Launceston. Westbury is a small town which doesn’t have a caravan park (the closest is in Deloraine, 20km west). In a statement on social media, the council has said –
Unfortunately we are closing the Westbury Recreation Ground to camping and overnight stays.
In recent days a number of parties have reminded us that we have planning regulations and national competition policy principles that we need to abide by. As a result we need to stop camping and overnight stays until we resolve these matters.
Visitors to Meander Valley are valued and we encourage you to check out some of our wonderful caravan parks so you can continue to enjoy the unique experience we offer.
You can find information about accommodation in Meander Valley at the Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre website – http://www.greatwesterntiers.net.au/contact
ROAM contacted the council for comment, but as yet hasn’t received a response.
Social media response to the council’s statement has been scathing and many have criticised the council for the move. Fortunately for campers passing through, the town’s local bakery has opened up its property to free campers, and has space for 30 caravans.
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