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  • December 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm
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    Great timely response, Burkie! Up at Sparrows to make your point-respeck!

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  • December 8, 2010 at 1:50 pm
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    Well done Pete, pity about the wind noise, some positive comments made.

    – extra $$$
    – dispersal of $$$ to regional areas (v important and underrated)
    – lack of alternatives for camping and parking vehicles in Sydney
    – NIMBY set remain an issue, if they do not think they benefit from backpackers they don’t want to know. Something tells me their super funds are gaining more benefit than they realise.

    Nice to have you back Pete.

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  • December 8, 2010 at 1:50 pm
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    Brilliant! PB is the new Michael Moore.

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  • December 8, 2010 at 2:43 pm
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    I am British and have spent the last 9.5 months driving around Australia in my campervan and have stayed for a night or two in carparks like this one. I respect the fact that where I choose to camp is public property and I don’t abuse it. 99.99% of the people I have met in similar situations have said they come to Australia for its natural beauty so why would we want to abuse it? Its good to know that we have people sticking up for us because every now and then we get locals abusing us when all we’re doing is enjoying your country and spending money in it.

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  • December 8, 2010 at 3:09 pm
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    Beth, you`ll find that Burkie is the campervan super hero when it comes to sticking up for the vanners (can`t think why, but……)

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  • December 8, 2010 at 4:54 pm
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    Great stuff Pete! You know we are always looking for talent behind / in front of the camera if you are interested??

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  • December 8, 2010 at 5:35 pm
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    Great stuff Pete…perfect balance of take the p*** and valid points…
    Maybe this should be a weekly feature Martin. You know people showing off their turf so to speak. I have never been to that area of Sydney and had no idea what the earlier comment was about. <>
    Just imagine what Boydy or Greg Cole could spit out for the camera as well – being the shy types they are…the mind boggles!

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  • December 8, 2010 at 6:13 pm
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    Able to stop comments with his whip-like wit; faster than an XD Falcon; able to leap shit-creek in a single bound: is it absurd? Is he a pain? No, it’s The Van-Man. Coming to a rest stop near your town…

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  • December 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm
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    When watching Pete`s video, I couldn`t help but think to myself again that we have such wonderful attractions, it`s hard to imagine our industry could face a decline.

    I mean, imagine, if you will, a large capital city in the US, Europe or Britain with a similar view out over the sea/mountains/bay/lake.

    What chance of there being a huge car-park there in the 1st place, much less free, with toilets nearby?

    Fair dinkum! Why WOULDN`T you park there for the night?????????

    Just things we take for granted……

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  • December 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm
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    Great work Pete. Freedom Camping is a hot topic over this side of the Tasman also. The media is highlighting this issue heading into summer and I think thats ureasonable…we need to protect our environment and some of the recent freedom camping articles and images are shocking.
    But they do tend to present one side of the story only and I believe backpackers are unfairly portrayed. In my experience, most backpackers have a greater respect for the environment than many locals. And who in their right mind could possibly question what backpackers contribute to the economy? We have too many councils ready to point the finger at the travelers or at commercial operators like ourselves, expecting us to create a silver bullet for an issue which needs a multi-levelled, hands-on approach from the public sector also. Councils and businesses are quick to bank the backpacker dollar, but getting them to invest in infrastructure which would go some way to addressing these ‘backpacker issues’ …? Hmmm….
    Interesting to note the number of non-commercial (independently owned) vehicles camping in your video Pete. Its the same over here. As a commercial operator we do all we can to educate our travelers about where and how to camp….but who talks to the individuals that have purchased a van from a car market?
    A critical issue on both sides of the Tasman, but it’s time for cool heads and constructive, measured responses/action.

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  • December 13, 2010 at 1:09 pm
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    Too true, Brendon.

    The once trendy euphemism was to say the industry, as an organic whole, needs to take a “holistic” approach. Trendy or not, holistic/chicken-or-the-egg solutions need to be examined.

    It`s a growth market, contributes to local economies but needs boundaries in order to manage its impact.

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