$0.5M for freedom camping initiatives

Eely Point Reserve, Wanaka. Photo: Nikki Heath / Wanaka Sun

Queenstown Lakes District Council will get $530,000 from Central Government’s Responsible Camping Working Group for new freedom camping facilities and services.

With a requirement to be in place by December 1, 2018, funding from the Tourism Facilities Development Grants Fund has been approved for:

  •   •  Two new camping hubs (locations to be confirmed).

  •   •  Increased signage in 30 popular sites redirecting campers to the new hubs or other campsites

  •   •  Investment in Enforcement Officer personnel

  •   •  Funding a new position to coordinate freedom camping activities on behalf of QLDC

  •   •  Education programmes and advertising

All projects will have a particular focus on educating campers which sites are appropriate for freedom camping and redirecting them to camping hubs or sites.

“Nationally, freedom camping has been losing some of its social licence due to the behaviour of a minority of irresponsible campers. And last summer we heard a clear message from our local community that something had to change to protect our environment and their ability to enjoy it,” QLDC Mayor Jim Boult said.

“We believe these are significant steps that align with our emerging Responsible Camping Strategy due for completion later this year. This shifts to a constructive conversation about how we can all enjoy our parks and reserves in a responsible and respectful way that ensures they remain for generations to come.”

Pictured: Eely Point Reserve, Wanaka. Photo: Nikki Heath / Wanaka Sun

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