Local Government Act: Disallowance of Local Government (Manufactured Home Estates, Caravan Parks, Camping Grounds and Moveable Dwellings) Regulation 2005

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SubjectsEnvironment; Sport and Recreation; Caravans and Mobile Homes
SpeakersPresident; Jenkins The Hon Jon
BusinessBusiness of the House, Motion

Page: 18963

    The PRESIDENT: Pursuant to standing orders the question is: That the motion proceed as business of the House.

    Question agreed to.

    Motion by the Hon. Jon Jenkins agreed to:

    That the matter proceed forthwith.

    The Hon. JON JENKINS [11.16 a.m.]: I move:

    That, under section 41 of the Interpretation Act 1987, this House disallows the Local Government (Manufactured Home Estates, Caravan Parks, Camping Grounds and Moveable Dwellings) Regulation 2005 published in Government Gazette No.107, dated 26 August 2005, page 5207, and tabled in this House on 13 September 2005.

    I foreshadow that I will adjourn this debate to the next sitting day after I have spoken briefly. Most of the regulation I wish to have disallowed is fine. I have no problems with the bulk of the regulation. However, being a regulation it suffers from the problem that we cannot amend a point where there is error, so I have to move a motion to disallow the regulation. An adjournment will give the Government and the Opposition time to look at the problem and decide if there is some way we can fix it.

    The problem is the clause that limits groups of campers camping together in council-owned and Crown land primitive camping areas. The specified limit is two tents per hectare. This restriction means that family groups, organised groups such as church groups, boy scouts, recreational groups and other social groups are effectively prevented from camping in these areas. In some cases far-flung families have for generations camped in the same spot. In particular, rural and regional families who have a meeting-in-the-middle approach will be affected by the regulation.

    This came to my notice through a group of people at Gloucester, several family groups who have already been told to split up or move on. In response, the group moved its tents the required distance apart and then proceeded to drive, in some cases several kilometres, to each other's tents on a routine basis for the time they were in the camping ground to have dinner together and to commune together, which is what they intended to do. This had far more environmental impact and impacted on other people camping in the area far more than if the ranger had left them alone to camp in their group.

    I am not trying to change the camping density—although I would very much like to—from two tents per hectare; rather, I am trying to have the regulation modified so that within, for instance, any 20-hectare area as many as 40 tents can camp in any configuration the campers choose. In other words, it is up to the people who are camping there to choose whether they want to camp next to each other or camp in isolation. This change would require only a minor modification to the regulation to indicate that campers could do this by choice. Arguments concerning environmental impact are completely superfluous as this change would have no impact whatsoever on the total number of campers or the average camping density.

    Debate adjourned on motion by the Hon. Jon Jenkins.