Tue 11 December 2012
From Norm McIlfatrick
Secretary - Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources.
The Batman Bridge Reserve will be closed to overnight campers from Friday (14 December).
Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources Secretary, Norm McIlfatrick, said today that the popular tourism location would remain open for day use only.
"We recognise that the Batman Bridge Reserve has been a popular area for overnight stays and usage has increased significantly in recent years due to the growing number of visitors seeking free or low cost camping," Mr McIlfatrick said.
"The rest area was originally developed for use by motorists in breaking their trip - not as a long-term stay.
GoSee talks to a motorhome camper at Batman Bridge Reserve Tasmania
Due to complaints by commercial caravan park owners and following a legal determination from the economic regulator, the decision was made to restrict the use of the reserve to day use only.
We do understand that the reserve is a popular tourist destination. That's why the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources is redeveloping the rest area to improve facilities for daytime visitors and motorists.
There are numerous Council and private facilities for campers available in the local area including George Town, Low Head, Greens Beach and Beauty Point.
It's expected that the improved rest facilities will be completed during 2013.
Mr McIlfatrick said that visitors to the site would be informed by signs advising of the new conditions.
DIER has also informed local councils, regional tourism organisations and the camper/caravan industries of the new arrangements.
For more information, log on to www.transport.tas.gov.au
Caravan and tug camp at Batman Bridge Reserve Tasmania