28 August, 2022
New camping and caravan venture approved
A NEW venture that will cater for short-term camping and caravan stays at a property on Kovacic Road has been approved by Mareeba Shire Council.
The project will involve the establishment of a camping and caravan facility on the 6.2 hectare site which will have four designated camping areas for a maximum of 74 guests plus an area set aside for communal use.
The applicant made it clear in his proposal that the intention was to provide only minimal facilities with a “leave it as you found it” policy. As such, there will be no powered sites, parking slabs for caravans, or cabins.
The grounds will not be open to caravans or large vehicles such as buses or any campers without fully self-contained conveniences.
“The intention of the proposed campsite is to provide a low-budget camping ground for travellers such as retirees, backpackers, as well as to cater for local residents in the region from families to groups such as scouts,” a report to council stated.
The proposed campsite will also not include the provision of any amenities such as ablution blocks, covered areas, cooking facilities, hardstand areas, water or electrical supplies.
“The campsite will function in a similar way to another recently approved campsite located on Hume Road, Biboohra in that guests will pay a reduced fee for use of a campsite on a 'leave it as you found it' basis only,” the report said.
The camping area will be separated into two areas to enable closure of individual areas for maintenance, safety, guest management or seasonal considerations such as the wet season.
Guests will be required to provide their own temporary accommodation, food, refrigeration, cooking facilities, toilet and bathroom facilities, however, a manager will be onsite to manage the grounds.