Much to the relief of numerous grey nomads and others who enjoy camping there, South Australia‘s adored Rapid Bay Campground remains in operation, a report said.
In May, Yankalilla Council received a legal notice from a resident asking to “immediately refrain from causing suffering or permitting the use of the subject land for a public access camping and caravan ground.”
The council also requested an assessment of the benefits and drawbacks of keeping the facility open before deciding on the long-term plan for the site.
Concerns about the future of the campsite have prompted Cape Jervis Progress Association chairwoman Lauren Barrington to launch a petition calling for the campground to be kept open.
Nearly 9000 people have signed the petition.
Yankalilla Council has now voted to keep the camp open and has agreed to have a campsite manager handle this property for the next two or three years.
Although the camp’s closing could be a good idea to save the council funds, an analysis sent to the council suggested that it could negatively impact local businesses.
Barrington said that the option to have the campsite open was a great thing.
“The local businesses will be stoked – they were very concerned about losing income,” she said.
“People shop at the local Foodland and might stop at the bakery and spend money in local eateries – the concern was across the board.”