Rival groups draw line in Diggers Camp sand
By EMMA CORNFORD
A COMBINATION of permanent Diggers Camp residents and campers who visit the spot each year made their feelings known yesterday at the Clarence Valley Council's Environment and Planning Committee meeting.
The issue dividing the two groups is whether or not to keep the Diggers Camp camping grounds open.
Brisbane resident Leon Capra has camped in the area with his family each Christmas for about 20 years.
"Camping has happened there for such a long time and in the view of the campers, we want to preserve Diggers Camp as much as the residents do to keep it as a beautiful place to come," he said.
"The majority of us who come there are not fly-by-night campers ? we come every year because we love it ... and we want to keep it open and look forward to acting together with all the stakeholders."
But permanent resident Kay Boyle said the majority of residents wanted the camping grounds shut.
"Ninety per cent of residents there do no want camping. We work hard caring for the dunes and the environment there ... and it's unsuitable to continue primitive camping in such a confined village," she said.
The issue has been put to next week's council meeting for further discussion.