NOISY backpackers camping out near Sydney’s top beaches will be under scrutiny this summer as councils try to crack down on temporary accommodation.
Randwick City rangers and local police will be on the lookout this summer for backpackers found living out of campervans at beachside car parks from Clovelly to La Perouse, in Sydney’s east.
They’ll be conducting dawn patrols to crackdown on noisy, messy and anti-social backpackers who’ve set up makeshift accommodation there.
The backpackers have become notorious additions to the nightlife around the beachside suburbs, parking their campervans and partying long into the night.
But they’re also leaving local residents with remnants of their fun – rubbish and toilet paper, noise and anti-social behaviour.
“In the past few years we’ve witnessed an increase in the number of backpackers setting up makeshift camp sites in our beachside car parks, leaving rubbish and toilet paper behind and partying late into the night,” Randwick Mayor Tony Bowen said in a statement on Thursday.
“It’s not fair that ratepayers should have to pay to clean up their mess or have to put up with the noise and anti-social behaviour we have seen in recent years.”
Mr Bowen said with more than 3 million people set to visit Sydney’s popular beaches this summer, council cleaning services will already be choked to full capacity.
But the council is keen to stress they’re not acting as fun police and discouraging visitors.
Tourists are important part of the local culture but they say it’s important they find suitable accommodation.
“All our beachside car parks have signs indicating that camping and sleeping in a vehicle overnight is not permitted,” Mr Bowen said.
“I urge backpackers and young travellers to think ahead and book into one of the many hostels or lodges in our area.” – AAP