Review of WA's Caravan and Camping laws

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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, May 30, 2014 at 13:17

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 13:17
Hi, just hope they don't go the way of Queensland National Parks and have computer only booking for those nice new NP sites.........
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Friday, May 30, 2014 at 20:54

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 20:54
WA trialled an on line booking system for some of the parks that filled readily, leaving people caught out have travelled long distances. Looks like it wasn't a roaring success because now there are only three campgrounds showing on the DPaW website as booking sites.

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Reply By: Derek Jones - Friday, May 30, 2014 at 15:31

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 15:31
The 'bits' that caught my eye are below and my comments in brackets;

The proposed changes include:

giving users a greater choice and more affordable holiday options (we don't all want to be herded into CPs - allow some flexibility for those who don't want to CP)
providing simpler and flexible laws to meet the needs of the locality and to allow tourism to evolve and flourish. (get a healthy mix of free camping/low cost camping options for people the review should not be about enshrining CPs)

The consultation paper comes as the State Government implements its $21.05million Parks for People initiative, which will provide more high-quality, low-cost holiday options for WA families and tourists. Under the initiative at least 450 new campsites will be created in 16 national parks. (with some longer stay options in some localities)

“What I want to see is WA established as a top destination for caravanning and camping, attracting not only locals but people from all over the world,” Acting Tourism Minister John Day said. (key word missing - affordable and hopefully that is just government speak)
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Reply By: Idler Chris - Friday, May 30, 2014 at 16:48

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 16:48
They say "giving users a greater choice and more affordable holiday options". Nothing is more affordable than bush camping so greater choice should mean more bush camping locations. I bet what WA ends up with is less choice and a greater cost.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, May 30, 2014 at 17:31

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 17:31
Chris ! You are 100% correct, The talk doesn't usually end up the walk!
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Follow Up By: AlanTH - Sunday, Jun 01, 2014 at 11:01

Sunday, Jun 01, 2014 at 11:01
Very cynical Chris and just the same sort of comment I would make. They all say what they think the public wants to hear but it rarely translates into positive (for the public) action.
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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Friday, May 30, 2014 at 17:45

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 17:45
WA could end up like TASSIE.
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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Friday, May 30, 2014 at 17:48

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 17:48
Preserve our natural landscape with no access to anyone, leave it untouched for decades then watch it burn and burn everything else on TV.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, May 30, 2014 at 20:51

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 20:51
Link to have your say Consultation

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Reply By: Member - mike g2 - Sunday, Jun 01, 2014 at 11:10

Sunday, Jun 01, 2014 at 11:10
Hi all, yes it was only a matter of time. thanks to the alert membership for advising on this. Usually regulation of anything brings costs, restrictions as a result of 'progress'.
send in your opinions all! I for one have seen many traditional free 4wd and camp/fish areas become restricted or close over last 30 yrs in WA: Tims thicket, White Hills, two rocks, Lancelin-wedge , and a fair bit of Darling scarp .(mundaring-hills areas) almost all NP's . also the rule about camping 20 k from a CP and so on. there are of course reasons for all of this.
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Follow Up By: K&FT - Sunday, Jun 01, 2014 at 15:46

Sunday, Jun 01, 2014 at 15:46
Be prepared people the submission form is 30 pages and 78 questions.

I spent two hours and did not answer every question as some related to costings which I have no idea about.

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