I should say I enjoy free camping as much as the next person and have spent many a happy evening around a campfire in total isolation with sublime relaxation....
But who should pay for the facilities?
I've posed this question around the traps on a few Fora and bought it up around campfires and it usually ends up in near fisticuffs... Some people honestly believe that it is their right to camp where ever they want and offer no recompense or help in keeping the area clean...
The arguement that "Oh we support the local community by buying groceries or a cup of coffee" does not cut it because you are only helping out to cover a miniscule amount of the costs associated with keeping a free camp open.
The biggest expense is the Insurance that councils are forced to have because there were a few incidences where a Council was sued by an insurance company after a limb fell off a tree, a kid fell into a long drop and other "accidents". The cost of public liabilty insurance is not inconsiderable. I read that it can cost between $10 to $50 per day per vehicle to keep a free camp up and running, mowing, maintenance of facilities that are vandalised (never of course by free campers), civil works ie keeping the entry track negotiable, cleaning up rubbish and of course Insurance..
So I ask again who should foot the bill? Local residents by way of their rates? If you lived in a small rural community would you like a surcharge on your rates to pay so someone outside of town can use the facilities? Thanks
I did not find the right solution from the internet.