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Thursday, 21 Mar 2013

Jucy says no freedom camping but this action risks ANZAC pleasure

Jucy campervan freedom camping Geelong suburbs.
Jucy campervan freedom camping
Geelong suburbs.

Victoria's Surf Coast Shire's crackdown on free roadside camping pushed this rental company free camper into Geelong suburban back streets with this one camping uninvited outside GoSeeAustralia's Grovedale office overnight on Friday, March 15. The Jucy campervan was gone by 8 am.

Maybe it was the between trips GSA Blue Sky caravan which attracted the overnighter Jucy Campervan, but unlike the GSA caravan which includes shower and toilet and does not camp to the detriment of caravan parks or at the expense of ratepayers the Jucy campervan does not carry a chemical toilet. This was confirmed by a Jucy representative.

The Jucy representative said today that clients who hire Jucy campervans are told that they are not allowed to freedom camp. The "freedom" in the camp comments is a giveaway that the Jucy 1800 150 850 to be found on line for "hot" travellers connects to a New Zealand call centre.

Kiwis "freedom" camp Aussies "free" camp.

Senior Jucy staff were not available for comment at time of writing as GoSee's call was outside normal NZ office hours.

As camping word pointers are being used your correspondent raised a point of order. The Jucy campervan "freedom camped". This action has nothing to do with "responsible" camping which is the right of every Australian and is supported by caravan industry leaders and the majority of travellers in Australia and New Zealand.

GoSee believes "free/freedom camping" parallel should not therefore be drawn by authorities at state and national levels between this Jucy campers "irresponsible" camping and the thoughtful, responsible camping which is common among the majority of travellers on both sides of the Tasman.

Melbourne City Council has taken action to regulate where, when and for how long campervans can put their feet up within the councils precinct.

So is the Jucy campers Geelong suburban action "illegal camping?" GoSee thinks only if local government has the will (and the budget) to put up signs and enforce no camping regulations.

The Surf Coast Shire website says camping in non-designated camping areas and sleeping in parked vehicles is prohibited in the Surf Coast Shire and carries a penalty  of a $125 on-the-spot fine.

There are  no "free" camping areas within the coastal townships of the  Surf Coast Shire.

The Council says it is required