Yorke Peninsula Council has adopted a Recreational Vehicles Overnight Stays Policy.
The policy aims to provide an integral and coordinated approach to meet the needs of the recreational vehicle traveller market for overnight stays while ensuring local businesses, in particular caravan parks, are not disadvantaged.
“The Yorke Peninsula Council region receives an influx of recreational vehicle travellers during peak tourism periods,” Mayor Darren Braund said.
“Council recognises the need to develop additional RV overnight stay facilities to accommodate these visitors, especially when caravan parks are at capacity.”
Council encourages development of RV overnight stay facilities to deter travellers from camping in areas where camping is not permitted and to provide a safe overnight stay environment.
Authorised overnight stay areas entice travellers to visit the region while benefitting local businesses and strengthening the local economy.
Permission for new or expanded overnight stay facilities, on a permanent or temporary basis, must be sought from Council.
To avoid competition with established caravan parks in non-peak tourism periods, Council’s approval of RV overnight stay facilities applying for full year operation will be subject to conditions.
This includes being a minimum 10 kilometres from an established Caravan Park, maximum five night consecutive stay for non-peak tourism periods and managers of the overnight stay facilities required to implement a registration system for travellers staying at the site.
“The policy outlines the balance between capturing the economic opportunities available through the RV market and supporting the needs of local business in the region, in particular caravan parks,” Mr Braund said.
“The new policy provides clear guidelines for community associations or businesses to establish temporary or permanent RV overnight facilities.”
To view the policy, visit www.yorke.sa.gov.au.