Closes: 5pm, Wednesday 26 September 2018
Monitoring at 13 coastal sites in our district for the last four summers shows a steady increase in the number of freedom campers: 297 in 2015, 490 in 2016, 850 in 2017 and 1,656 in 2018. About 70 per cent of the freedom campers in 2018 were in non-self-contained vehicles.
The draft Freedom Camping Bylaw aims to strike a balance between welcoming freedom campers and protecting our beautiful places.
The proposal includes:
- To allow non-self-contained (NSC) campers access to only selected car parks near 23 public toilets.
- To ban tents and other temporary structures.
- To have NSC campers restricted to no more than two nights in any one place in a 30-day period.
- To toughen up the camping rules at Waiwhakaiho, East End and Kawaroa by restricting freedom campers to selected car parks.
- To change the summer rules at Fitzroy and Oakura beaches to a year-round ban, although with the possibility of selected car parks for freedom camping from 1 May to 31 October.
- Self-contained freedom campers would still be allowed to stay at public places for up to three nights in the same area – including in the selected carparks near the 23 public toilets.
- Freedom camping would still be banned at Back Beach bottom car park year round.
View the Draft Freedom Camping Statement of Proposal August 2018 (this includes the Freedom Camping Bylaw and Submission Form)
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