PHOTO: A campervan parked beside Flagstaff Beach (Duranbah) on the Queensland-NSW border.(ABC Gold Coast: Tom Forbes)
Beachfront residents on the southern Gold Coast say they are fed up with illegal campers urinating in public, dumping rubbish, and taking up valuable parking bays.
- Rainbow Bay residents say they are frustrated by the large number of illegally campers along the beachfront
- Councillor Gail O’Neil says she is aware of the issue but illegal camping is difficult to prove
- City of Gold Coast will introduce timed parking at some popular beaches on weekends and public holidays from February 1
Mena Tsikleas has been living at Rainbow Bay since 1966 and said he was frustrated by the large number of people illegally camping along the beachfront.
He said there was a white van with Western Australian licence plates that had been parked beside the beach on Snapper Rocks Road for three weeks.
“I think it’s rude,” he said.
Mr Tsikleas said two illegal campers were recently seen exiting their van naked and wandering into bushland to urinate.
He said he had complained to council numerous times about the ongoing problem of illegal campers.
“Especially up the top of Greenmount Hill. It stinks up there in the mornings.
“I’ve seen people pull up outside my place and cook breakfast, wash their dishes, and the whole lot went down the drain.”
The long-term resident founded the Friends of Rainbow Bay Society and said many locals shared his frustration.
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