Inskip campers forced out by smells, flies and disease
SEVERAL groups of Inskip Point campers say they have abandoned their Cooloola Coast holiday, fleeing a disease outbreak linked by some to smells and flies from an allegedly malfunctioning toilet.
Toowoomba mother Katie Unipan says her Inskip Point camping holiday was ruined by a localised stomach bug epidemic which seemed to affect everyone camped on the Pelican Bay side of the MV Sarawak camping area.
She says she and other family members were hit hard by a gastric infection, which also affected other campers.
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service has declined to comment on Ms Unipan's claims, saying it had nothing to add to an earlier release saying it did not believe there was any health risk from the composting toilet.
That earlier statement followed complaints from other campers about toilets which they also said were smelly and fly-blown and making people sick.
"We were camping near Pelican Bay, eight adults and three children, and all of us have had it," Ms Unipan said.
"A couple nearby were laid up for two days. My dad didn't move for two days.
"I've been in touch with National Parks and the Minister's office.
"National Parks says they're investigating, but when I questioned why there was no public information warning of a health problem, they didn't say anything.
"It's pretty revolting."
Gympie man Bevan Udris said he had moved from his campsite after being ill for two days.
A spokeswoman said the QPWS was aware of concerns about the toilets at Inskip Point and was investigating.
"The toilets use a sealed vault system which gets pumped out periodically. Sometimes these closed systems can be prone to emitting odours under certain environmental conditions."
The toilets had been recently pumped out and ventilation fans had been checked and were working.
"The flies referred to a vinegar flies. They are naturally occurring and unfortunately are more prevalent in the onset of warmer weather, but they do have a short life cycle.
"QPWS rangers are spraying the toilets with insecticide andthis will be followed i[ with regular checks and furtehr spraying as necessary.
"QPWS does not believe there are any health risks associated with these facilities and rangers will continue a regular program of checking and maintaining the health of these toilet systems.
"Any problems related to the Inskip Point camp grounds can be reported to the /rainbow Beach Visitor Information Centre," she said.