LAKE Albert residents are concerned about a new, free campsite proposed for their suburb.
Wagga City Council will look into costs and procedures of turning Bosley Park into a campground for motor homes and 'grey nomad' visitors.
Gemma Belling, of Lake Albert, is against the idea because the suburb's quiet environment attracted her family to buy a home in the area.
"This is a private, residential area and bringing a campground is a step towards commercialising the area and everything that comes with that," she said.
"I do want people to have a lovely holiday, but I also don't want the crowds that come with it."
Mark Murray, of Tatton, is a frequent user of the lake's walking trails. His initial thought was how the council could monitor the site's use by the homeless.
He said this issue needs to be address before the council moves forward.
"The free campsite in North Wagga attracted many homeless people and I would image the residents in this area definitely won't appreciate that," he said.
Mick Henderson, of the Wagga Boat Club, however, has supported the council's decision. He said a campsite away from the city's centre will showcase Lake Albert and help the club stay financially viable during the off-season.
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"There's the possibility of extending our trading hours if there's the patronage," he said. "And there certainly is a demand for it with the closure of Wagga Beach Caravan Park in a couple of months.
"There's so much for people to do at Lake Albert. It's adjacent to the golf course, there's the boat club and riding for the disabled. It's a quieter environment with toilet and shower facilities already there and it just needs a dump point."
Wagga Tourist Park manager Kelly Bode said the business has customers travelling in motor homes, but given its location, it was the last option for many tourists.
The Forest Hill caravan park is located about 10 kilometres outside of Wagga.
Ms Bode said a free campground could take away the little business they have left.
"Because we are located outside of Wagga, we find visitors drive straight passed us and find somewhere else in town," she said.
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