Geelong Tourism Executive Director Roger Grant says supporting the local community, region and local accommodation providers is the priority in a ban on non-compliant freedom camping.
"Not all tourism is good tourism", he told delegates at the recent VicParks annual conference at the Mantra in iconic seaside Lorne.
He said Geelong & The Bellarine needed to consider (in their decision to ban non-compliant freedom camping) their compliance with national competition policy and competitive neutrality principles.
There are more than 1700 camp sites available in the region that cater for campers, he said. Non-compliant freedom camping is banned in the region because it is in direct competition with commercial Caravan, Holiday, and Tourist Parks.
Caravan, Holiday, Tourist Parks invest significant funds into developing and maintaining their parks to ensure compliance, Roger Grant said.
Good company. GSA at VicParks Conference Lorne.
Parks pay upwards of $100,000 per compliance.
The Country Fire Authority Act is an example, he said.
The City of Greater Geelong region has 26 Caravan, Holiday, and Tourist Parks with sites available for RV's from 6m to 20m long. There are two black water dump sites available to the public free which are accessed via major highways, he said.
Non-powered off-peak campsite rates in the region average $25 a night to $35 in shoulder tourist periods, he said. Local disruption and annoyance caused by freedom campers, major financial implications and environmental impacts are also factors in Geelong/Bellarine adopting a no non-compliant freedom camping stance, Roger Grant said.
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Setting up camp at Skenes Creek.
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Cabins with an outstanding location courtesy Great Ocean Road Caravan Park, Peterborough.
GoSee Jayco Sterling heads for Geelong.