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The Waitaki District Council’s community, culture and regulatory committee approved public consultation on the Responsible Freedom Camping Bylaw 2016 at a meeting on Tuesday.
The bylaw was introduced in response to the district’s freedom camping issues, and under the Local Government Act new bylaws were required to be reviewed after five years.
The report by the council’s regulatory manager, Andrew Bardsley, revealed the bylaw’s effect in reducing infringement numbers.
From 2016 to 2018, officers issued 513 infringements, and only two infringements from 2019 to this year.
"Officers believe that this indicated the bylaw is effective with the appropriate level of enforcement and education," the report said.
Freedom camping complaints also dropped from 32 in 2017 to 10 last year.
Committee chairwoman Melanie Tavendale agreed it had been effective, and welcomed community feedback.
"Kakanui was probably one of the main points. I would hazard to suggest [the bylaw] has banged down that issue quite remarkably," Cr Tavendale said.
"That’s been really good but it’ll be interesting to see if that’s still [the] public’s take on it and if that’s still what our community wants to see."
Community consultation could be completed online or hard-copy submission forms, or a survey monkey questionnaire. It would open on July 2 and close a month later.