FAIR GO: Victoria’s Barry Sargent heads north each winter to escape the pain of nerve damage and a fused neck, exacerbated by the cold.
FAIR GO: Victoria’s Barry Sargent heads north each winter to escape the pain of nerve damage and a fused neck, exacerbated by the cold.

Camper told to move on from Miva rest area

VICTORIAN man Barry Sargent is not a happy camper, after being told to move on from the Miva rest area by Gympie Regional Council.

The camping area sits adjacent to the historic Dickabram Bridge and Mr Sargent arrived two months ago.

A council laws officer visited Mr Sargent on Thursday and told him the rest area was limited to 20 hours and ordered him to move on.

Sparking the camping war was Rod Sharpe, who took exception to Mr Sargent's lengthy stay at the rest area.

Mr Sharpe wrote The Gympie Times a letter outlining his objections, including concerns about the consumption of firewood and the site's water supply.

But the Victorian traveller was less than impressed in Gympie yesterday, refuelling and buying supplies before retracing his journey south.

"I was told it was a 20-hour park but where is the signage?" he asked.

"I was planning to go Friday and asked if I could stay until then but I wasn't allowed to do that."

Mr Sargent said he understood the rule was necessary for busy rest areas along the highway but felt the Miva area was quiet and said he was not causing difficulties.

The Victorian camper said the reason for heading north to the Miva rest area was for his health.

Mr Sargent suffers nerve damage and a fused neck, leaving him struggling every day with pain and dependant on pain killers.

"I travel north to get away from the cold and to reduce the pain and get some relief," he said.

"After this experience, I won't be spending my money in the area again."

Gympie Regional Council confirmed yesterday the Miva rest area was not a camping ground and therefore stays were limited.

Gympie Times


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