Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Feedback welcomed on changes to freedom camping

Feedback welcomed on changes to freedom camping

Gisborne District Council is proposing a number of changes to freedom camping in the district.

Gisborne, unlike many other regions, has a long history of freedom camping and has welcomed permitted campers in nine areas along the East Coast and at Donneraille Park.

However, since 2011 when the Freedom Camping Act was passed ahead of the Rugby World Cup, people can now camp on any land belonging to Council.

The Act says Council can only stop or place restrictions on people camping on council land through a bylaw or a reserve management plan, says legal counsel Melanie Walker. “No one can camp in the Botanical Gardens for instance because it is explicitly banned in the garden’s reserve management plan.”

“Council has now drafted a freedom camping bylaw that aims to give Council the ability to manage camping on other areas of Council land. A number of changes are proposed and feedback is welcomed.”

It is proposed that summer freedom camping - from the beginning of daylight saving to the end of daylight saving or Easter Monday – will continue. However changes are proposed to where people can camp. Rere has been introduced as new camping site. Parts of Waipiro Bay will no longer be available. The middle area at Waipiro will stay but investigations have shown that camp sites at the northern and southern end of the beach are not on council land and so cannot be included.
It is proposed that the freedom camping area at Tolaga Bay be extended from the current site along the foreshore to the Council land adjacent to the river mouth. This is to ensure that the camping there is subject to some enforceable basic standards. Current freedom camping areas at Pouawa Beach and Turihaua Beach are also not included in the draft bylaw as they are also not on Council land. However the owners of the land are happy for the current permitted summer freedom camping arrangements to remain in these two popular areas.

The draft bylaw also includes overnight camping for self-contained vehicles. Overnight camping would be available year round in all summer freedom camping areas for one night only. Three new camp sites are proposed to cater for the mostly international and domestic tourists travelling around the country. Camping areas at Motu, next to the toilets, and eight car parks in the Marina car park, and the Makorori Beach car park are included.

Council is also proposing to ban camping in some areas. Camping on the dunes along Makorori Beach that belong to Council will be banned. This is to protect the dunes and make sure that people who want to come out to Makorori, and spend the day enjoying this area and the beach, can still do that.

It is proposed that camping will also be banned along part of Kaiaua Beach where there are sacred burial grounds and an area next to the permitted camp sites at Tolaga to keep free access to the cemetery. To avoid disruptions to people using the Marina boat ramp, and to ensure parking for Marina Restaurant customers, camping will be banned in the Marina car park except for the eight parks set aside for overnight campers.

Council will be developing a Coastal Reserves Management Plan later this year. The plan will look at all council land close to the coast and consider whether or not it is suitable for freedom camping. As a result, freedom camping may be promoted or prohibited in other areas.

“The proposed bylaw aims to protect freedom camping to ensure there is minimal damage to the environment, all people - not just campers - can still use the beaches and the health and safety of visitors to these areas is not threatened. The bylaw includes rules including how campers dispose of their rubbish and what ablution facilities they need. Those rules will be enforced once the bylaw is adopted,” Says Mrs Walker.

Copies of the draft bylaw are available from Council’s website or from Customer Services in Fitzherbert Street and Te Puia Springs.

Written submissions are welcomed on Council’s website, by mail or email. Submissions close at 4pm on Friday 1 July 1014.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PM's Press Conference: Crime And Diplomacy

The Prime Minister's press conference today was dominated by foreign affairs and an open letter from the PM to the Chinese community on crime. More>>

ACC: Govt Caught In Unethical Cluster Bomb Investments

The ACC Fund admitted that it had $1.4 million invested in cluster munitions and nuclear weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Before responding to the Green Party’s request for information,however, ACC sold its Lockheed investment and updated its ethical investment policy. More>>

ALSO:

Local Governments To Decide: Easter Trading Bill Passes

The union representing working people in the retail industry is condemning the Government for whipping its MPs to pass the controversial Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill. More>>c

ALSO:

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news