Protect Our Rivers

The VFF’s campaign to say NO to camping on licensed river frontage

Farmers care for the rivers and the riparian land they manage. The Victorian Government’s legislation to remove the current prohibition on camping on licensed river frontage is poor policy and will adversely impact the environment, animals and farmers.

There are simply too many risks allowing people to camp in these often remote, difficult to access locations where no toilet or rubbish facilities are provided.

  • Who will be responsible when fires are left unattended and escape onto private property?
  • How will the CFA get access when a campfire gets out of control?
  • Will farmers be liable for stock on roads when gates are left open?
  • Will farmers be liable for injury or accident involving infrastructure or stock?
  • How will camping be policed to ensure the riparian environment is not impacted, including the proper treatment of faeces and rubbish?
  • No toilet facilities will impact on drinking water for humans and stock, and pose risk of disease such as beef measles.

The current system allowing the public to access licensed water frontage for fishing, walking and other low-impact activities is perfectly appropriate. Many users will stay at local caravan parks and campgrounds where appropriate facilities are provided, supporting local communities.

TAKE ACTION

Sign the petition here

Write to the decision makers

To make your voice heard we encourage you to email this list about why you are opposed to removal of the ban on camping on licensed water frontages.

Below is a sample letter you may wish to use but we encourage you to add your own personal experience because these emails are more likely to be read and considered.

Sample letter 1

WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?

The current system allows the public to access licensed water frontage for fishing, walking and other low-impact activities is appropriate and supports local caravan parks and campgrounds where facilities are provided.

This low impact use has minimal impact on the environment and licence holders. Camping poses toogreater risk with the introduction of fires, alcohol and firearms and the lack of toilet and rubbish facilities.

Farmers and landholders have great relationships with fishing clubs and other groups, facilitating access to river frontage across Victoria. But, this must occur at the right time of year where there islow fire risk, animals are not at risk of mismothering whilst giving birth and there is no risk of flooding.