Council’s camping by-law accepted

A CAMPING by-law which caused concern among Franklin Harbour residents has been accepted by the council.

The Franklin Harbour District Council received a petition objecting the by-law earlier this year and a workshop was held late last month to discuss an amended by-law and review submissions received during public consultation.

After the public consultation councillors decided to accept the by-law, but remove the nuisance clause (point 7.5). 

In an email, councillor Robert Walsh suggested that the clause be removed as there was already a law in place for nuisance incidents and there was no need to have council staff responding to these complaints “at all hours of the morning”.

The council’s chief executive officer Chris Smith said that the main reason for the inclusion of the nuisance clause was to remind visitors of the law.

“We have a number of interstate visitors and the clause was to remind them of the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act, which only came in last year,” Mr Smith said.

Mr Smith said that there will be some time before the by-law is put in place.

“Going through all the process, there will be a period of time until it is implemented,” he said.

“However, we are hoping that it will be operational by Christmas time this year.”

In regards to the fees brought in by the by-law, Mr Smith said that they would be set by the elected members.

“The elected members will discuss the fees and charges in the December council meeting,” he said.

“It will most likely be around five dollars a night.”

Cowell resident Nikki Hackshaw still has concerns regarding the law.

“The new draft is by no means perfect and I feel the law is unnecessary,” she said.

“I am not as concerned about its impact to camping with my family since the changes to the law.

“But I am critical of how this will be policed and what effect it will have on the tourism in Franklin Harbour.”