Some of the rules for new campsites on Crown land river frontages licenced by farmers have been revealed as the Victorian Government moves to increase public access to recreational fishing spots. 

Key points:

  • The rules for new campsites along licenced river frontages have been revealed
  • Campers can stay no longer than 14 nights and cannot take their dogs
  • The government is yet to announce the location of 27 new campsites in northern Victoria

The government received more than 1,100 submissions to its controversial plans to establish public campsites on land managed by farmers under licence agreements.

In a document issued yesterday to those who made submissions, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) confirmed it had changed some of the draft regulations to address landholders’ concerns.

The government is yet to reveal the locations of 27 campsites along the Loddon, Campaspe, Broken, Goulburn and Ovens Rivers in north and north-eastern Victoria.

More sites on other fishing rivers around the state will be progressively assessed and opened to campers in the next 18 months. 

The campsites plan has stirred anger from many farmers.(

ABC Rural: Peter Somerville 

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Number of nights reduced

As part of the modified rules, the government has halved the number of nights campers can stay at one site from 28 to 14.

No camping is allowed within 20 metres of the river and within 200 metres of a home.

Other rules include: 

  • No dogs allowed
  • Do not enter or cross private land without permission
  • Leave any gate as found
  • Do not interfere with or disturb livestock
  • Portable toilets must be at least 50 metres from the waterway (and not on private property)
  • If not disposed of in a portable toilet, human waste and toilet paper must be buried more than 100 metres from the waterway (and not on private property)
  • All rubbish and belongings must be taken with you on departure.
  • Campfires permitted in some designated areas. Check the rules for each area
  • Firewood collection is prohibited
  • No cutting, felling, picking, damaging or destroying vegetation, alive or dead.

Even though the government regulations allow for camping on licenced Crown river frontages from yesterday, the proposed sites are yet to be assessed for vegetation and Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Fewer nights, no dogs: Riverfront camping rules revealed for farmland fishing spots
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