New Council Proposals for Freedom Camping

Council is proposing a region-wide bylaw to deal with the increasing numbers of ‘Freedom Campers.’ This has now been published for submissions.

“Freedom camping” means non-payment for camping in areas that are not camping grounds – mostly public parks.

Currently their proposal would prohibit any camping on the seaward side of the road through the bay, but would allow camping of non self-contained vans over the rest of the reserve (primarily the Dudding field and the adjacent large parking area (i.e. vans without toilet or cooking or ablution facilities).

This proposal would override the Reserve Act Management Plan, which currently does not permit any camping in this reserve. (That is true of most reserves that have management plans.)


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