Risk assessments are currently underway at MidCoast Council owned camping areas before a decision is made on when to reopen to travellers.
Council operates a number of camping areas at showgrounds and several free camps in Wingham, Bulahdelah and Gloucester. All of these areas are currently closed.
The risk assessments are required to ensure the camping areas can be operated safely and in accordance with COVID-19 requirements including social distancing and appropriate hygiene controls.
Council is also working cooperatively with several businesses that are interested in providing camping facilities to travellers.
To operate a camping ground a development consent must be obtained under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, and an approval to operate must also be obtained under the Local Government Act.
"We know free camping areas are important for local communities and for local economies, so we are working with several organisations to ensure they have the correct approvals in place," council's director of Liveable Communities, Paul De Szell said.
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