Legistrative Council E-Petitions

E-petition Number
Keep the ban on camping on licensed water frontage
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council to clause 49 of the proposed Parks and Crown Land Legislation Amendment Bill 2019, which removes the existing prohibition on camping on licenced water frontage.

Victorians hold serious concerns about the environmental, social and economic impacts that this will cause, including:
1. fire risk from unattended or inappropriate campfires;
2. biosecurity risk from incursion by vehicles, peoples, animals or litter and risk to farmers adherence to quality assurance schemes that allow access to international markets;
3. risk to animal and waterway health from pollution of land and water from human faeces and litter;
4. disturbance of animals, especially during birth and when vulnerable to mismothering;
5. illegal removal of vegetation and firewood;
6. trespass through private land to access licenced water frontage to collect firewood and hunt;
7. risk to road users and stock when gates left open allowing stock onto public roads;
8. impact on property values;
9. financial burden on landholders due to increased management requirements;
10. safety and wellbeing of animals, family members, workers and guests due to firearm use and trespass; and
11. liability of landholders under Victoria’s workplace manslaughter legislation.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to remove clause 49 from the Parks and Crown Land Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 or amend the clause to implement a permit system managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, that limits the number of campers or campsites permitted on the river frontage, requires landholder permission, manages accountability and biosecurity through mandatory registration, prohibits animals and firearms and mitigates the risk to road users and stock when gates are left open allowing stock onto public roads.
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The Hon. Edward John O'Donohue (former)