Camping ground owners must be considered before more sites
are opened to freedom campers, Dunedin city councillor Andrew
Cr Whiley said he had concerns with allowing more sites for
freedom campers in Dunedin, such as Walton Park, because it
would financially hurt camping ground owners, who paid rates
and created jobs.
''These people are assets to our community and we have to
find a compromise that will work for the community.''
Camping ground owners helped showcase Dunedin by providing
''They become the ambassadors to the city and help tourists
spend more money in the city,'' he said.
The council providing more resources for freedom campers
would be unfair to camping ground owners, he said.
Companies hiring camper vans were buying more vans so more
freedom campers would be coming, he said.
''This is only going in one direction and we have to be
conscious of that.''
The number of campers using the Macandrew Bay facilities went
beyond the number the trial allowed and the same would happen
in Brighton, he said.
He was not a supporter of freedom camping in suburban areas
such as Walton Park and would investigate how welcoming other
New Zealand cities were to freedom campers.
Saddle Hill Community Board chairman Scott Weatherall said
the board remained supportive of the freedom camping trial
but wanted greater management of it.
He would represent the board on a subcommittee to address
further development of more sites.
A ''stocktake'' of possible freedom camping sites was being
undertaken by the council.
Each was being rated for parking, toilet facilities and
impact on the community.
Mr Weatherall said Walton Park had toilets and appropriate
parking for freedom campers.
''If the council proposed that would be a site, we would want
to ensure there was consultation with the directly affected
neighbours and the wider community.''