Mayor backs call to ban Wicked vans from parks
A COAST man's push for a ban on camper vans displaying foul language has attracted heavy-hitting support.
The man recently spotted one of the infamous Wicked Camper vans at a council-operated caravan park and wrote to the Daily, saying the community had to take a stand.
"I challenge the council and private operators to take a stand and refuse to accept Wicked Campers which carry foul language, in particular the F-word," the man, who wished to remain anonymous, said.
"Shut the doors on them. Tell them to keep moving because we don't want them here."
His call quickly won support from Mayor Mark Jamieson, who said that upholding moral standards was a priority.
"I agree that it's unnecessary - words like that shouldn't be on vehicles or anywhere for that matter - and as the mayor of the Sunshine Coast I'm behind him," he said.
"There's standards we have to abide by," he said.
"If we don't stand for something, we'll fall for anything."
Chair of council's tourism, sport and major events portfolio, Cr Jason O'Pray, agreed Wicked Campers carrying offensive words or themes did not fit in with the Sunshine Coast lifestyle.
"Swear words across the side of a car is not a good look - I've got two young girls and would not want them seeing that," he said. "Offensive images and off language across the side of the vehicle is not something I want to see on the Sunshine Coast, not just for tourism reasons but for our young families and children.
"Where is the line? I agree with it (the letter) and getting behind moral standards.
"Sunshine Coast Council and (Sunshine Coast) Destination (Ltd) spend a bucket-load of money for families to holiday here and I'm not prepared to let any thing threaten that.
"They're investing heavily to attract a family market."
However, SCDL boss Simon Ambrose was not as keen on attempting to instigate a ban on the campers.
While unimpressed with the words and messages emblazoned on the vehicles, he said lobbying Wicked Campers to change its policies would be the better course of action.
Wicked Campers owner/operator John Webb was contacted yesterday by the Daily but did not comment.
Should we ban Wicked Campers with obscene language and messages?
This poll ended on 13 October 2014.
Yes, they are disgusting
Yes, and have the company shut down
No, live and let live
No, the f-word isn't offensive anymore
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.