Freedom camping working group will benefit Central Otago

Friday, October 28, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says a new joint working group looking into the way freedom camping is managed and regulated will help communities around Central Otago.

“The group aims to focus in on freedom camping issues and find ways to support communities as they deal with increasing numbers of visitors.

“Central Otago is a popular destination for freedom campers, I think it’s positive that the Government is working to ensure communities manage visitors, and make the most of the financial benefits they can bring, in a sustainable way.

“Announced by Local Government minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, the working group is made up of 40 council officers and central government officials and is a great opportunity for central and local government to collaborate and find a better way to deal with freedom camping issues.

“As we approach the freedom camping season in Central Otago, it is hoped some real improvements in the way freedom camping is managed and regulated will occur as a result of this working group.

“Last year nearly 44,000 international visitors went freedom camping while they were in this country, as well as a growing number of New Zealanders.

“I look forward to the analysis of freedom camping by the working group, which is expected to be completed by the end of this month.”