The local Riverland newspaper “The Murray Pioneer” published an article on 1 August 2006 concerning roadside camping and that it should be made illegal. This view was being promoted by the SA Caravan Parks Association.
I wrote a Letter to the Editor in response which was published today (4 August 2006).
My response went as follows:
I REFER to the comments made by the South Australian Caravan Parks Association (Tuesday’s Pioneer) suggestion that free roadside camping is a major threat to their industry and requires assistance from local and state governments to stamp out. It’s a knee-jerk reaction.
If the SA Caravan Parks Association were to offer caravanners wishing to camp overnight a facility which is reasonably priced I am sure there would be a significant reduction in roadside camping.
Fees of $20 a night for an unpowered site are not uncommon.
If an unpowered site could be provided at minimal cost ($5 a night) for ONE night only for caravanners that are essentially travelling through everyone would be happy.
If intending to stay longer normal fees would apply.
The caravan parks would receive a fee which they wouldn’t otherwise have received and the caravanner would have a secure place to stay.
A “win-win” situation for all concerned!