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Keep Yalwal Camp Area Opened & Manage It Better - Even if we have to pay, we want to stay!

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Shoalhaven Water with the support of Shoalhaven City Council are planning on stopping camping at Yalwal Camp Ground! Mainly due to a minority of users misbehaving.

It definitely has potential to be managed by council with a fee so people have to log their details, hence addressing the issue of the few that do the wrong thing. So many people and dogs enjoy this free camp spot and most do the right thing. Even if we have to pay a fee to allow this camp site to be managed, that would be ok, but please don't take this access away from so many camping enthusiasts that often leave the place better than they found it. Dog lovers also love camping here with their fur babies, look at that face, Shoalhaven Water and Shoalhaven City Council you are making the fur babies sad!

We have also run fund raising camping nights where we raise money for 'Australian Working Dog Rescue'.  Help us keep helping to saving fur babes lives!

Many locals have been camping here from when they were children, please don't destroy those family traditions and please don't let a few antisocial people ruin it for all the good ones.

We would like Shoalhaven Water, in conjunction with Shoalhaven Council to do a case study/business plan on similar places that are run successfully (both on a financial front and in general management). Such a place that is run successfully is Mystery Bay near Narooma, couldn't Yalwal be managed similarly?

Check out the latest research on the impact of green space on communities, mental health, physical health, and teen health from world class researchers from the PowerLab from the University of Wollongong. Please reconsider what you are taking away from us, and the detrimental impact this has on our community. Surely there is a solution that is WIN:WIN!

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