Bylaw passed

After multiple consultations, the Queenstown Lakes District Council passed its Freedom Camping Bylaw yesterday.

Queenstown holiday park owner Erna Spijkerbosch spoke in support of the bylaw but also about how ''confusing it is and difficult it is to understand''.

Lakes Environmental regulatory and corporate manager Lee Webster said part five of the bylaw was broken into four clauses to clarify: what areas could not be camped in, areas that could be camped in using a self-contained vehicle, areas where camping was unrestricted and a tent could be used, and to advise that campers could not stay in the same area for more than two consecutive nights.

Councillor Russell Mawhinney said he was ''happy with the bylaw itself'' but uncomfortable with the approach since not all campers caused issues, and contributed large amounts to the district's economy.

Mr Webster said the bylaw permitted freedom camping in certified self-contained vehicles.

Any person who commits an offence under the bylaw is liable to a $200 fine.

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