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Activities in our parks and forests

4 July 2008

Activities in our parks and forests – have your say

Greater Wellington’s updated policy for concessions in regional parks and forests is now out for public consultation, with a proposal to waive charges for most non-commercial organised activities in these areas. This would apply to activities with a low environmental impact and fewer than 150 participants.

It is just one of many changes to Greater Wellington’s concessions policy, which is being reviewed for the first time since the current concessions guidelines were adopted in 2001.

“Our parks and forests are an invaluable resource for all the community to enjoy, and we want to encourage clubs and other non-profit groups to make the most of them,” says Cr Rex Kirton, Chair of Greater Wellington’s Parks, Forests and Utilities Committee. “With the updated policy, we are ensuring that commercial and non-commercial activities are charged fairly.”

The updated concessions policy proposes guidelines on how Greater Wellington will manage the public, groups, organisations and businesses who wish to use the region’s parks and forests. It will affect those looking to do anything that is more that just normal casual use, such as a trail bike commercial operator, a seasoned film producer or a harriers’ club event organiser.

The concessions policy applies to Belmont Regional Park, East Harbour Regional Park, Kaitoke Regional Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Battle Hill Farm Forest Park, Pakuratahi Forest, Akatarawa Forest and the Wainuiomata Recreation Area.

Submission forms are available on line at www.gw.govt.nz. The submission period is open until 11 August 2008.

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