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Australian city cracks down on illegal campers

(Oct. 25, 2013) -- Cairns Council is moving to curb the growing trend of illegal camping, reports Newsport Daily. Mayor Bob Manning said $220 fines will be issued to first-time and repeat offenders starting tomorrow, Oct. 26.

CAIRNS, Queensland — Cairns Council is moving to curb the growing trend of illegal camping, reports Newsport Daily. Mayor Bob Manning said $220 fines will be issued to first-time and repeat offenders starting tomorrow, Oct. 26.

“Illegal camping, especially in the Cairns Esplanade precinct, is a growing problem and it has become clear that verbal warnings are just not effective. We need to address this with actions, not just words,” Manning said.

Manning stressed the move is not intended to deter self-drive tourists. Earlier this year, council announced improvements to RV infrastructure in the city, reports Newsport Daily.

“This includes providing designated RV parking areas in the city and other parts of the region,” Manning said. “These improvements are being implemented to make it easier for visitors to access businesses, attractions and services in popular areas.”

For the complete story from Newsport Daily, click here.

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