They Mayor of Meander Valley Council has made a statement about the closure of the Westbury Recreation Ground to free camping and overnight stays. This is in response to the council stopping people from camping in the popular free-camping location, despite the fact the town doesn’t have a formal caravan park.
The statement says “Council must abide by planning regulations and national competition policy which govern how the Westbury Recreation Grounds may be used.” Mayor Craig Perkins continues, “Unfortunately, these regulations do not permit camping and/or overnight stops and the Westbury Recreation Ground is not equipped with the facilities required to support this activity,” It’s understood the council risks significant penalties for non compliance with planning regulations.
“Historically, a number of sites have been used for ad-hoc camping but there has never been a formal arrangement in place. The Westbury Recreation Ground is a local parkland for residents’ sport and recreation and is surrounded by residential properties. In response to this issue of non-compliance, Council must formalise arrangements around camping.
Council is still waiting for some further information from the Economic Regulator. There is some inequity that exists Statewide on this issue and it is hoped that post election we may be provided with further direction reasonably quickly. Council will be guided by the advice received from the State Government and we are mindful that a solution needs to be found that works for Meander Valley,” Mayor Craig Perkins said.
We value and welcome visitors to Meander Valley and there are a number of caravan parks in the municipality,” Mayor Craig Perkins said.
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There are a number of other free camping sites within the Meander Valley Council area and a spokesperson for the council has confirmed that the Bracknell River Reserve will be closed to campers ‘in the next week or so” and that the free campsite at Deloraine is also under review and may also be closed.
We’ll continue to update as we find out more.
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