Low-cost tenting thought of for Geelong’s north

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Rebecca McDonald / July 04, 2022

Geelong’s Seagull Paddock could soon be home to low-cost camping.

The Spirit of Tasmania is preparing to call into Corio Bay beginning in late October, which is expected to bring around 25,000 recreational craft to the region each year.

Geelong Councilors have asked the city to further consider Seagull Paddock as a proposed campsite, noting the importance of considering all potential future opportunities for the site as a whole.

They also want other locations in the northern suburbs to be evaluated for suitability for low-cost camping.

The City of Greater Geelong said it will consider the needs of campers and residents while reducing the risk of illegal camping and amenities issues.

Councilor Kylie Grzybek said it was appropriate to consider providing facilities to meet growing demand.

“Camping is the fastest growing segment of Australia’s domestic tourism market,” said Cr Grzybek.

“Low-cost camping contributes an average of $1.4 million to Geelong’s economy annually, with spending in our hotels, cafes, restaurants and tourist attractions.”

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