Travelling a little south you come to the two photos above. The
one on the left shows the bikeway and our Winnebago is actually parked in front
of the tennis courts. You are made most welcome when you are on your bike however
when talking to people from your motorhome there is an air of hostility towards
motorhomers! We enquired further and found that one councilor in the area is dead
against motorhomes. We were challenged at 11:15am by a ranger whilst
parked (writing this story actually!) at Shark Beach as "there has been a
report of a motorhome staying in the area last night". We were "grilled"
on where we were the previous night. We commented that the ONLY
park will not accept dogs so where does one go? The ranger didn't know. We suggested
motorhome rest areas be established as found in Tasmania, to which the ranger
replied that he wouldn't like to see anything like the Motorhome Village is Casino
coming to Evans Head. On pursuing this line of thought the Ranger was of the opinion
that the Richmond Valley Council owned Casino Village!!! As we all know this just
isn't so as it is privately owned. Apparently a local radio station has regularly
criticised the Village
for reasons unknown, going back as far as the CMCA Casino Rally two years ago.
We were totally gob smacked at the massive amounts of misinformation circulating
in this area. So our advice is, don't even think about free camping in Evans Head,
as you will surely cop a fine, as there is absolutely no give or take. This kind
of attitude makes one very reluctant to return to Evans Head and you certainly
don't sing its praises to others. What's really odd is the neighbouring township
of Woodburn is 101% motorhome friendly and has a dump point and
an excellent overnighter at Riverside Park - although there is highway
noise. Think about this - Woodburn, Evans Head and Casino ALL come
under the SAME very progressive Richmond Valley Council.
What gives folks?