Once again there is room for travellers in our caravan parks
THERE was a time not so long ago when it was a virtual impossibility for travellers to find a place to rest for the night around the Gladstone region.
The reason? Because many construction workers were living in caravan parks when rental accommodation was at crisis level.
These days the story is much different.
The workers are now housed in camps specially built for the purpose, and once again there is room for travellers.
But the message from a year or two ago is still being bandied about and it's going to take some time and a fair bit of promotion to get the message back out there that, as the roadside hoardings tell us, "Gladstone is open for business" and for caravanners.
One of the challenges facing authorities is to ensure the 48-hour restriction on freedom camping around the region is policed.
We understand that camping grounds such as the one at the Calliope River is being used by people who are staying much longer.
There needs to be stricter control.