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Council to consult on draft Freedom Camping Bylaw

June 2nd, 2017
[TDC press release]

The Tasman District Council next week will seek public feedback on a draft Freedom Camping Bylaw.

The bylaw intends to allow for freedom camping in suitable locations, while safeguarding the environment and the wider community's ability to enjoy their local parks, swimming holes and neighbourhoods.

The draft bylaw proposes to permit freedom camping in six areas where basic toilet and rubbish collection facilities are intended to be provided. In addition, self-contained vehicles only may camp in the parking area at the Motueka Beach Reserve.

The draft bylaw also sets out a range of locations where freedom camping is not permitted, including all cemeteries, most reserves, parks and playgrounds, most residential areas, the river side of stopbanks and anywhere it might obstruct traffic.

Environment and Planning Committee chairman Tim King said the draft bylaw would provide greater enforcement powers than the Council has had in the past.

"The draft bylaw provides the ability for those who wish to freedom camp to do so in locations that have suitable facilities.

"It offers a balance between providing opportunities for visitors to travel around our District in the way they choose, while protecting our environment and residents' ability to enjoy their neighbourhoods, parks, local swimming holes and community facilities."

Tim said the rules for Council reserves were set through reserve management plans required by the Reserves Act, and it was important to have consistency between the Freedom Camping Bylaw and the Council's reserve management plans.

"We're reviewing the reserve management plans for Motueka at the moment and other areas will follow, so we have the opportunity to make sure there's consistency. If people think camping should - or should not - be allowed in a particular reserve there will be opportunities to let us know."

Consultation on the draft bylaw begins on Saturday 10 June and runs until mid-August.

The draft bylaw proposes to ban freedom camping in the following specific locations:

  • Kaiteriteri Beach area from Tapu Bay to Breakers Bay
  • Marahau from the start of the residential area to the end of the Marahau-Sandy Bay Road
  • Brooklyn Reserve, Motueka
  • Hickmott Place, Motueka
  • Thorp Bush (including the carpark), Motueka
  • All public areas and reserves in Takaka
  • Pohara Recreation Reserve
  • Ligar Bay Foreshore Area and Reserve
  • Tata Beach
  • George Quay, Motueka
  • Riwaka Resurgence Road Reserve
  • Lake Rotoiti, Kerr Bay Road Reserve
  • Te Waikoropupu Springs Road Reserve
  • Wainui Bay Road Reserve
  • Abel Tasman Memorial Road Reserve

The draft bylaw proposes to restrict freedom camping to self-contained vehicles only at:

  • Motueka Beach Reserve

The draft bylaw would allow freedom camping at:

  • Decks Reserve Car Park, Motueka (from 6pm - 7am Mon- Sat, and 6pm - 6am Sundays)
  • Alexander Bluff Road Reserve, Ngatimoti
  • Waitapu Bridge, Takaka
  • Former landfill, Rototai, Takaka (summer only) TBC
  • Taupata Gravel Reserve, Collingwood (summer only)
  • Part of Edward Baigent Memorial Scenic Reserve, Wakefield

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