Subject of illegal camping on Esplanade a divisive issue

DEBATE has raged on the Chronicle's website and Facebook page about whether tourists should be allowed to camp for free at Esplanade car parks.

More than 55 comments were recorded on the subject on Facebook on Friday and more than 60 the day before when the Chronicle asked what readers thought of the idea of playing Barry Manilow music over loud speakers at the car parks to deter the illegal campers.

Another 50 comments have been made on stories on the website.

Resident Janette Barnes was one of the supporters of the free camping community.

"I think it's nice to see them camping there," she said.

Mark Abbott was one of the readers who disagreed, asking why should illegal campers get the ocean view free when other tourists have to pay dearly for it?

"Make a free camp area out near the airport," he said.

After 240 votes have been cast in the Chronicle's online poll, asking should tourists be allowed to camp for free at Esplanade car parks, the result so far is 53% saying no but the rest answering yes.

The poll will remain open until noon on Tuesday, so cast your vote below.

Should tourists be allowed to camp for free at Esplanade car parks?

This poll ended on 11 March 2014.

Yes - 48%

No - 51%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  car parks esplanade fraser coast regional council hervey bay illegal camping

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