Swings and roundabouts for rule-breaking campers

WE'VE all had dreams of having a slippery slide straight into our bedroom, and for campers out at Lawrence that dream became a reality.

When The DEX heard a Vengabus-like van was stationed at Memorial Park on Tuesday night, with about four tents erected in the park - or rather the playground - it sparked our interest.

The brightly-painted van was allegedly spilling out with rubbish and camping equipment, and the tents were so close to the playground there were tent pegs in the bark. Every kid's dream, right?

But when our reporter turned up on scene to quiz the campers they had already left, leaving no evidence they had ever been there.

Clarence Valley Council director for environment, planning and community Des Schroder said while he had not received any complaints about the campers, they were not allowed to camp in the park.

"We move them on if we find them, but it's almost impossible because people like this are usually there for just one night and are off first thing in the morning," Mr Schroder said.

"If they were there for a number of days and did not move on when asked they could be fined, but the reality is they usually do move on very quickly."

  • If you spot the Vengabus cruising around the region, or pitched up under your backyard swing set, snap a photo and send it in to The DEX at newsroom@dailyexaminer.com.au.


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