Have your say on camping in WA

Have your say on camping in WA

MANDURAH MLA David Templeman is calling on the community to have a say on the direction of caravanning and camping legislation in WA.

Mr Templeman said he was aware many grey nomads, glampers and young families were concerned about camping and caravanning in WA and encouraged them to provide feedback.

The Government has released a new consultation paper that has identified changes to the legislation governing camping and caravanning, and submission close on November 30.

The most significant features are that a facility that has designated two or more sites for short-stay accommodation vehicles and/or tents requires approval to operate and that sites mainly for long term residence, such as park homes, must provide at least 10 designated short-stay campsites for accommodation vehicles and/or tents or a prescribed percentage of such sites, to be eligible for an approval to operate.

Any person making available a campsite for an accommodation vehicle and/or tent will need approval if it will be available for use for more than three nights in any 28 day period.

A set of minimum standards will apply to all facilities operating under the Caravan Parks Act and the Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Advisory Committee will be abolished in favour of consultation with relevant stakeholders.

The proposed amendments remove the definition of park home as a caravan, but also require the legislation does not take effect unless there are 10 or more sites designated for short-stay camping within the park home park.

The paper is available at the Department of Local Government and Communities.

Submissions to caravan@dlgc.wa.gov.au, noting caravans and camping review in the subject line.