MORE TOILETS NEEDED: More than 2500 campers spent the Easter holidays on the beach north of Teewah with the only toilet facilities nearby inland off the beach at Freshwater.
MORE TOILETS NEEDED: More than 2500 campers spent the Easter holidays on the beach north of Teewah with the only toilet facilities nearby inland off the beach at Freshwater. Craig Warhurst

Push is on for more loos in holiday hot spots

GREEN groups will this year ramp up the push for more toilet facilities to better service the huge number of campers who escape to the Cooloola Coast and Noosa's North Shore each holiday break.

More than 2500 campers spent the Easter holidays on the beach north of Teewah with the only toilet facilities nearby inland off the beach at Freshwater.

While the majority headed home on Monday afternoon's high tide, this week's school holidays mean about 800 campers have remained.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife maintains its position that visitors using sections of the beach - other than the Freshwater camp ground and north of Double Island Point where toilets were provided - needed to bring portable toilets and dispose of toilet waste in an appropriate manner.

"QPWS provides a portable toilet waste dump facility at Freshwater as well as waste transfer stations along the Teewah Beach camping zone and at Freshwater, and an additional facility in the Noosa North Shore area is being considered," a spokesman said.

"Infrastructure options are not a guaranteed solution in such an expansive area and people need to take responsibility for appropriate hygiene practices in remote settings. Permit fee money for all Queensland recreation areas is reinvested to provide better visitor facilities and services.

"In the case of Cooloola, management costs are more than revenue earned.

"In addition to fire management, camp grounds and facilities maintenance, compliance activities, weeds and feral animal control, and public liaison, several projects totalling more than $2.7 million are underway or planned over the short and medium-term for the Cooloola Recreation Area.

"These include the $680,500 upgrade of the Leisha Track linking the two sides of Double Island Point."

Individuals pay $5.75 a night to camp or families $23 while it costs up to $17.10 a day for a Vehicle Access Permit or $28.65 a week. A year-long car permit costs $226.30.

Surfrider Foundation spokesman Craig McIntyre, whose organisation conducts regular clean-ups of the entire beach from the Noosa River to Double Island Point, said the issue of more toilets was a hot point of discussion.

Mr McIntyre, who was on the beach on Monday afternoon, said the amount of rubbish he was seeing was a "given" after any holiday.

He said his understanding was funding was an issue.

His group worked to give the area the respect it deserved by cleaning up the mess left by others.

Surfrider will also join with national parks to start a dune care program this year, planting spinifex and clearing rubbish.

Noosa Northshore Ferry operator Cliff Andreassen said the beach had been heavily monitored over the weekend by police from Noosa, Gympie, Nambour and Kawana stations.

By all reports, he said it had been a "controlled, good Easter, where everyone behaved".

Gympie Times


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