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Your support made a difference Stockton Bight camping ban may end: plan to let 4WDs return

FOUR-wheel-drivers and conservation bodies have reached a ceasefire on Stockton and hope to reinstate camping there next year. The new plan for the Stockton Bight will allow driving on 22.5 kilometres of beachfront, designate a 350-hectare recreation vehicle area and ease fears of visitors being “locked out”. “It’s a big step in the right direction,” David Luke, a spokesman for …

Ben SextonYour support made a difference Stockton Bight camping ban may end: plan to let 4WDs return
call to support grey nomads as region risks losing tourism dollars

Call to support grey nomads as region risks losing tourism dollars

THE south-west is at risk of losing millions of tourism dollars if it does not take a more welcoming attitude to “freedom campers,” an advocate for the growing holiday trend says. Arthur Budgen, who administrates the www.freechoicecamps.com.au website, said Warrnambool and the Great Ocean Road had a shocking reputation with recreational vehicle travellers due to constant bad reports on social …

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Older tourists defend free camping

Ron Walsh camps where he can and never leaves a trace. Picture: Mark Stewart “GREY nomads” are thumbing their noses at the law and holidaying free despite a vow by authorities to crack down on illegal camping. Fines for tourists sleeping on public land have risen 300 per cent in some parts of the state. Campers have been seen leaving waste …

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Councils crack down on illegal camping

Councils are cracking down on illegal campers this summer season. Councils and caravan parks are cracking down on campers parking their caravans and motorhomes on public land, raising penalties and prices. But grey nomads are thumbing their noses at the law and say it’s all about finding the best place to pull up for the night. “I don’t go into …

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Fire-damaged huts replaced

SOURCE: https://www.facebook.com/hutsvic/posts/10152634051861009 The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has worked closely with local contractors and volunteers to rebuild three huts destroyed in the Aberfeldy-Donnelly’s Creek fire in January 2013. DELWP Project Manager, Suzette Fullerton said: “We know how popular these huts are and how much they’re used, particularly by four wheel drivers.” “It’s been a long process to obtain the funding ...
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15 volunteers head to Redhead/Blacksmiths beach, Newcastle to clean up after the Christmas/New Year’s

This is exactly the sort of efforts bush uses need to make to ensure the bush is ours in the future. My best wishes and congratulations to all the blokes concerned and a huge thanks from the rest of us. good on you guys.... Roothy var tpj=jQuery; tpj.noConflict(); var revapi7; tpj(document).ready(function() { if(tpj('#rev_slider_7_1').revolution == undefined) revslider_showDoubleJqueryError('#rev_slider_7_1'); else revapi7 = tpj('#rev_slider_7_1').show().revolution( ...
Ben Sexton15 volunteers head to Redhead/Blacksmiths beach, Newcastle to clean up after the Christmas/New Year’s
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South Australia, Victoria bushfires a reminder for Government to address climate change: Milne

Posted Sun at 1:53pmSun 4 Jan 2015, 1:53pm Greens leader Christine Milne has pointed to the fires in South Australia and Victoria to argue the Federal Government should do more to prepare for climate change. As firefighters battle blazes in the two states – and fears mount that dozens of homes have been lost – Senator Milne said the Government …

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Questions raised after Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney rezones caravan park with LNP link

Original Article By the National Reporting Team’s Mark Solomons and Mark Willacy Updated 10 Nov 2014, 6:18pmMon 10 Nov 2014, 6:18pm Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney used his ministerial powers to rezone a privately-owned caravan park on the Sunshine Coast against the wishes of the local council and the advice of his own department. Experts said the eleventh-hour move was highly unusual and compared …

unlockaustraliaQuestions raised after Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney rezones caravan park with LNP link
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December Members Update

As the end of the year fast approaches and my stomach expands yet again, I want to pass on my best wishes for a safe holiday season and give you  a quick update on Unlock while we’re at it! I couldn’t have imagined the work Unlock volunteers put in this year for the cause. Thank you, all of you – there’s too many volunteers …

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National parks consider going commercial to fund conservation

Wednesday 12 November 2014 11:35AM  Credit and Original Source: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bushtelegraph/parks-commercialisation/5881920 Tourism has long been part of the economic fabric of national parks. But could allowing the timber industry to harvest trees be next on the agenda? It’s a challenging idea for many conservationists, but not all are resisting it. With a government that’s entering an age of austerity, commercial ventures are …

unlockaustraliaNational parks consider going commercial to fund conservation