What is Council proposing?
Local Law 5 (Parks, Jetties and Boat ramps) 2011 currently prohibits camping within Council parks.
The local law amendments propose to build on these powers to prohibit camping on roadsides, footpaths and other Council owned or controlled areas.
Do other Councils do this?
Most other South East Queensland Councils already have a local law that prohibits camping on footpaths, road reserves and the roadside.
The proposed changes will bring Logan City Council in line with other Councils in the region.
What will the changes mean?
The local law amendments will prohibit camping on footpaths, road reserves, roadsides or on other Council owned or controlled land and provide a consistent definition of camping.
The local law changes are not meant to affect people stopping for short periods during the day
Why is Council doing this?
The purpose of the changes is to allow Council's officers to respond to community complaints of people camping on Council land for extended periods.
What are Council's concern?
Living or sleeping in a car, caravan or camping in a public place without suitable infrastructure (eg. toilets, showers & waste disposal) can create public health and safety issues. It can also reduce the amenity of an area.
Often rural, secluded or pristine bush locations attract unlawful camping and these areas can quickly become degraded if not effectively regulated.
In suburban and built-up areas camping can create road hazards while also detracting from the amenity of an area.
What about people dealing with harship?
We acknowledge the proposed local law amendments may affect people who are experiencing homelessness or other types of hardship.
At Logan City Council we put the community first, and will always link people facing hardship with the appropriate services and agencies in the first instance.
Will this impact camping at Hugh Muntz or Tully Park
No, Hugh Muntz or Tully Park will continue to be free to camp for up to 3 nights.
How do I find out more about the changes?
From Wednesday, 13 October 2021 until 5pm on Wednesday 10 November 2021, the proposed changes can be viewed on our Have Your Say webpage. Because we want to know what you think about the proposed changes, you will also be able to give us feedback on our Have Your Say webpage.
To provide feedback or to seek more information:
Have your say: https://haveyoursaylogan.com.au
Post: PO Box 3226, Logan City DC QLD 4114