Kershaw Park Free Camp in Rockhampton, Set To Shut Down
A Queensland court has ruled that Free Camping must cease at the Rockhampton Council’s, Kershaw Gardens. After a lengthy legal ordeal after concerns raised in July 2014 by Caravanning Queensland, Rockhampton council must close the grounds to Free Campers by February 15 2019.
The Caravan Parks Association of Queensland Limited (CPAOQL) began a legal case after concerns on the impact on local Caravan Parks in the area. Their argument was that the parks must comply with rigorous council regulations and fees to facilitate campers, yet the council operates and a free camp within close proximity of their parks. Michelle Weston, General Manager of CPAOQL said they expressed concerns when the use of the Council run Kershaw Gardens went beyond the material use of the park.
Kershaw Gardens has been a popular free camp location with grey nomads since 2004 with the 48 hour time limit providing a welcome respite to the large stretches between Mackay and Bundaberg.
The news of this closure has angered many travellers and grey nomads. Comments and feedback has been rife across many social media platforms. The news of this decision could very well set a precedent across the state of Queensland and indeed Australia.