Here’s what the review says about Youcamp:
Caravan park and movable dwellings regulations
“Advances in technology have enabled new platforms to search for and book accommodation. Online booking websites like Airbnb allow private owners to lease out their properties for short-term accommodation. This has also occurred in relation to camping and caravan park sites, with platforms such as ‘Youcamp’ becoming increasingly popular for both landowners seeking supplementary income and campers looking for unique and secluded places to camp.”
To make a submission go to this link before 23rd June 2019.
Here are the questions from the consultation paper that we think are most important for the Youcamp Community to address.
QUESTION 1: Do you support the proposal to introduce categories of registration?
We believe that a farmer wanting self-contained caravans and campervans to be able to simply park on their land should not have to go through all of the same approvals as a fully fledged caravan park.
QUESTION 9: If you are a private landowner, have you had difficulty gaining or attempting to gain registration as a caravan park? Alternatively, did you find this process straightforward?
There are dozens of properties in Victoria who have not been able to get through all the red tape. We want a self-assessable exemption for very small scale private landholders wishing to operate one or two locations on their property for fully self-contained campers.
QUESTION 10. If you found gaining registration difficult, what were the reasons for this?
The main problems landholders have had have been expensive fees, negotiating bushfire regulations and arbitrary enforcement by the local council. Every local council has different approaches to how it enforces camping regulations and this makes it very difficult to get a uniform statewide approach.
QUESTION 11. Are the health and safety risks associated with camping on private land and bush parks different to the risks in traditional caravan parks?
Youcamp believes the risks are more easily managed on private land because there is nearly always a farmer or landowner present to enforce the rules and ensure good behaviour
QUESTION 12. How are health and safety risks on private land and bush parks currently mitigated?
Most farmers and landholders take great pride in managing their land and so do not tolerate guests who do the wrong thing or put themselves and others in danger. Youcamp also has a compulsory insurance cover attached to every eligible booking. This requires hosts to behave with a duty of care to guests.
QUESTION 59. Is it necessary to require any facilities to be provided for bush/primitive camping? Why/why not? Should this be different for private land where limited camping is offered?
For guests who are fully self-contained with onboard toilets and showers, there should be no need for landholders to provide extra facilities.
QUESTION 60. If no facilities were required, would a ‘leave no trace’ or similar policy requiring users to properly dispose of or remove all waste be necessary to reduce risks to the public and environment?
Yes, campers and hosts should be educated in no trace practices