Why We Need A Network
Why do we need a coastal camping network? What is the background to CCV?
Approximately 26% of the Victorian coast is comprised of coastal Crown land which is managed by 55 Committees of Management including 17 municipalities, 36 committees appointed by an Expression of Interest process (‘public committees’) and DSE. Parks Victoria manages a further 70% of the coastline, and the remaining 4% is in private ownership.
The public committees collectively manage 66 caravan and/or camping parks along the coast. The committees range from local volunteers who manage coastal reserves on a part-time basis without significant income streams (for example, Narrawong Foreshore Reserve Committee of Management), to organisations that employ dozens of staff and raise several million dollars in revenue each year, predominantly through caravan park operations (for example, Great Ocean Road Coast Committee).
In May 2006 the Caucus Reference Group on Caravan and Camping Parks on Coastal Crown Land presented its final report [more] on the capacity and accessibility of caravan and camping parks on Crown land along Victoria’s coastline.
Park managers are the lead agents responsible for implementing twenty-three of the 32 recommendations in the Reference Group’s report. CCV will provide opportunities for public land managers to work together and with DSE to effectively implement the recommendations to help ensure that Victorian coastal caravan and camping parks will achieve best practice.
In addition to many recommendations relating to park operations, recommendations 4.4.2 & 4.4.3 state that park managers should be encouraged to seek cooperative marketing opportunities… and … be active in the industry and to participate in industry professional development opportunities and strategic planning initiatives….
CCV has been established to support and work with the managers of caravan parks and camping grounds on coastal Crown land in Victoria.
We think it will be beneficial for park managers to work together to share information and knowledge, to represent their views and engage with DSE, to help improve our parks, and, importantly, to promote our parks to the camping public.