Illegal camping

BETTER signage and funding for a “local laws officer” at the coast will be referred to Gympie Regional Council’s budget deliberations at the end of this month.

The signage and officer will be designed to help stop people from illegally camping in residential streets in Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove and Rainbow Beach.

Council officers in May conducted three early morning patrols to determine if people were camping illegally.

A report to council’s community and economic development committee this week revealed that two unmarked vans were sighted in Kirchner Avenue in Rainbow Beach and several camper vans started to arrive at the Rainbow Beach Surf Club about 7am on May 20.

The report also said three patrols were not enough to determine whether there was actually a problem with illegal camping and more patrols would follow.

New signage and a part time officer will cost council about $95,000.

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