An image from the Byron Shire Council website showing rubbish scattered around the camping site of three Sydney tourists prosecuted by the council.
An image from the Byron Shire Council website showing rubbish scattered around the camping site of three Sydney tourists prosecuted by the council. Contributed

Hard lesson for van-packers - a flash hotel would be cheaper

A TRIO of Sydney tourists have been fined a total of $4250 for street camping in Byron Bay after the matter was heard in Mullumbimby Local Court.

The court heard a council officer discovered the campers in a hired removal trailer about 3am in April this year at a car park in Cavvanbah St, with rubbish strewn around the area.

The tourists were parked about 50m from a sign warning against overnight staying. The area where the tourists were caught is also surrounded by accommodation providers - all of which would have been cheaper than the fines they were hit with.

"The officers woke up the occupants of a hired removal trailer who offered no explanation as to why they were camping in the area, or express remorse for camping or littering," Byron Shire Council's governance manager Ralph James said in at statement issued after the court case.

"An abundance of rubbish was strewn around the immediate vicinity of the trailer. The rubbish strewn across the ground included bottles, plastic, cans, cardboard and other domestic waste.

"Given the nature of the camping, the litter and the flagrant breach of Council signage, the three campers were issued Court Attendance Notices which were dealt with by the court."

One camper was fined $1650, while two others received lesser fines of $1300, due to an early guilty plea.


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