Plan to open river campsites to public ‘flies within the face’ of biosecurity, farmers say

Farmers and landholders in Central Victoria have raised issues concerning the growth of waterfront Crown land campsites, saying it creates critical biosecurity dangers.

The Labor authorities made a 2018 election dedication to open licensed Crown land river frontages to tenting

Regardless of being owned by the state, these areas are leased to landholders, together with farmers, and border their properties. 

Jude Hannah lives on a property close to Fernihurst, an hour north-west of Bendigo. 

The Division of Atmosphere, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is assessing websites alongside the Kinipanial Creek, which backs on to her property. 

She stated the realm was presently a management zone for white horse nettle, or silver leaf nightshade.

“For years they have been spraying for white horse nettle, it does carry by way of floods, however can be carried on foot or by autos,” Ms Hannah stated.

“Our space round Fernihurst has had a venture overlay now, in all probability for about two years, and biosecurity officers come out to test it commonly. 

Landholders are involved campers may unintentionally unfold silver leaf nightshade and undermine management efforts.(Provided: WA PIRD)

“This simply flies within the face of it, how can we management it? How can we management any illness or weed that might come onto our properties?

“With all of the speak round biosecurity, this simply appears completely loopy.” 

Ms Hannah additionally fearful about her personal safety.   

‘We’re in very shut proximity to the creek, you possibly can see our house from there, we additionally do not have fences, so our livestock can journey proper right down to the creek entrance,” she stated.  

“We do not actually need to go away for weekends [if the campsite goes ahead] as a result of we can’t know who’s within the neighborhood.  

“There are some actually good folks on the market with one of the best intentions, however there’s that small group of individuals on the market that threaten us all.” 

A woman in a black jacket, sunglasses and hat, stands next to a woman in a clay jacket with blonde hair.
Colleen Condliffe and Jude Hannah are involved the campsites create a biosecurity danger for farmers.(ABC Central Victoria: Luke Radford )

In a press release, a spokesperson for DELWP stated all proposed campsites needed to meet its strict evaluation standards. 

“All potential campsites are topic to an intensive and constant evaluation course of, to make sure vital cultural, environmental, public security and different regulatory issues are thought of at every website,” they stated.

“DELWP employees are putting in signage on the websites, which offer related info for campers and guests akin to the place you possibly can camp, what guidelines apply, in addition to security and hazard info.”

Illness danger

Colleen Condliffe lives additional south alongside the Loddon River, the place among the first campsites within the area had been arrange.   

She stated the method had angered her, and turned her in opposition to the creation of latest websites on different farms within the area. 

“To be fairly sincere, we’re at all times open to letting folks come camp in the event that they got here and requested however now I’ve change into fairly offended about the entire thing,” Ms Condliffe stated. 

“We’ll have a go and defend all different people who find themselves going through the identical issues on their farm.” 

A wooden step ladder sits over a fence, information signs sit alongside.
Campers should climb the fence and stroll from the highway to the riverfront campsites.(ABC Information: Luke Radford )

Ms Condliffe additionally raised issues about biosecurity. 

“It worries me, it actually does, if we get foot-and-mouth [disease] in Australia we actually will not need anybody approaching to our property,” she stated. 

“We additionally signal declarations once we promote our inventory to say that we’re freed from all illnesses.

“How do we all know that if we’ve folks we do not know coming by way of to the campsite?

“There’s a number of unknowns in that space.”   

Opposition to maneuver amendments

The state opposition will at the moment once more try to maneuver amendments to the laws that might require campers to ask permission from the licensed landholder earlier than tenting. 

The Land Modification (Accessing Licensed Water Frontages) Invoice would additionally give the minister energy to quickly cancel all tenting on a licensed waterfront within the curiosity of public security, biosecurity or animal welfare.   

However Jude Hannah stated there was not sufficient element within the proposal. 

“Once I seemed additional into that invoice, there was no indication of how we handle that,” she stated.

“How can we guide folks in? Do they name us? Do they flip up and ask?

“How do we all know if there is a biosecurity danger of the place they have been?” 

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