Have your say on caravan and camping laws

The State Government hopes a consultation paper on proposed changes to caravan park and camping ground laws will spark debate about the future of the industry.
Speaking at a caravan park in Broome, Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said the existing 16-year-old laws were outdated, stifling operators’ ability to meet consumer needs.
“The proposed changes will provide a more flexible operating environment, creating choice for consumers and opportunities for operators,” Mr Simpson said.
The proposed changes include:
  • giving park operators longer licences, lower compliance costs and greater flexibility to meet consumer demands
  • giving users a greater choice and more affordable holiday options
  • providing simpler and flexible laws to meet the needs of the locality and to allow tourism to evolve and flourish.
“Western Australia’s outdoor lifestyle means it has more caravan, camper-trailer and campervan registrations than any other State, with 30 for every 1,000 people,” Mr Simpson said.
“Whether you are a camper, caravan user, operator or long-stay tenant, your comments are important to us and it’s important your views are submitted now.  Comments close on September 1, 2014.”
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.
“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.
For more information, visit http://dlg.wa.gov.au/