Recreational vehicle campers at the Grafton Showground yesterday. They will continue to be welcome at the showground despite a ban in another part of the state.
Recreational vehicle campers at the Grafton Showground yesterday. They will continue to be welcome at the showground despite a ban in another part of the state.

Camping ban fears quashed

FEARS that a ‘ban’ on camping in showgrounds could wreak havoc with the Clarence Valley’s bid for Recreation Vehicle (RV) Friendly status have been quashed.

The Daily Examiner was made aware of reports that a ban on tourist camping at a showground near the New South Wales-Queensland border was to be applied statewide.

The reports fuelled concerns the Valley’s RV Friendly status – which is subject to the designation of a cheap, unpowered site – could be in jeopardy if the Grafton Showground could no longer be used as a potential rest area.

But Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia projects and member benefits manager Phil Berry said the reports were not correct.

Mr Berry said the Grafton Showground Trust was ‘fully aware’ of the regulations regarding camping on showgrounds – and the rules would not inhibit the Valley’s attempt at becoming an RV Friendly region.

“I think it (the Clarence’s RV Friendly status) will happen,” he said.

A NSW Land and Property Management Authority spokeswoman confirmed there was no ‘blanket ban’ on caravanners and other travellers stopping overnight at the State’s showgrounds.

“Overnight camping is allowed at showgrounds in connection with events such as the local show or horse meetings,” the spokeswoman said. “Showgrounds must have approval to operate as a caravan park or camping ground from their local government authority.”

Grafton Show Society president Neville Hayward said the trust was in the process of submitting a development application to Clarence Valley Council so the showground could offer camping year-round, not just at events time.

The Grafton Show will run from April 30 to May 1 this year, and the Maclean Show is April 27 and 28.



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