New signage and inspections to tackle illegal camping on the Tweed River

WARNINGS signs will be erected and random inspections carried out along the Tweed River at Chinderah in an effort to stamp out illegal camping and anti-social activity.

The move aims to provide Tweed Shire Council with a “clearer and more legally defensible” basis for restricting overnight stays by tourists in vehicles along the road reserve and public foreshore area.

Rangers will carry out random inspections and issue fines to anyone who sets up camp on Chinderah Bay Drive.


However, Council’s Acting General Manager, Vince Connell said Council was aware some of the people who sleep along the river are genuinely homeless and in need of assistance.

Mr Connell said the new enforcement action aims to protect the wellbeing of the genuine homeless while enabling Council to fine tourists and locals who chose to disobey the new signage.

Councillors joined the Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest in meeting with community groups to develop strategies to help find more permanent accommodation for homeless people frequenting the area.

“Council has developed a database of genuine homeless people in consultation with John Lee and State agencies [which] will be used to guide Council rangers in their enforcement of the new signage,” Mr Connell said.

“It is proposed to give these people a reasonable opportunity to find a more permanent form of housing through the assistance of the welfare agencies.

“They will be advised that they cannot stay at Chinderah on a permanent basis.”