Our bid for freedom camping funding in pipeline

This district should not miss out on a share of the money the Government has announced to provide for improved freedom camping facilities across the country, once its application for funding has been completed, says Mayor Meng Foon.

The Government this week announced provision of a $8.5 million lump of money to meet the cost of recommendations put forward by the Responsible Camping Working Group.

The money will be spent largely on toilet and shower facilities, and other freedom camping area improvements.

It will also pay for education and signage, and employing more staff to enforce freedom camping rules.

“Gisborne District Council’s application for funding is still in progress,” Mr Foon said,

“We need to have design and resource consents ready, so our application is still being completed.”

So far, 27 local authorities around the country have been included in the funding, which comes from the $25 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund established by the Government last year.

The West Coast will receive $1.6 million from the fund, Queenstown Lakes District $530,000, MacKenzie and Waitaki districts $548,000.

Mr Foon said he expected Gisborne would get something from the Government fund when the application was made to the fund.

“We have received funding from it in the past.

“Applications to the fund get processed every quarter and ours will be processed before Christmas.”

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis, in announcing the fund, said the Government wanted to ensure freedom campers were able to camp responsibly.

“We want to do that while ensuring the proper facilities are in place to support our communities hosting freedom campers.”

This district should not miss out on a share of the money the Government has announced to provide for improved freedom camping facilities across the country, once its application for funding has been completed, says Mayor Meng Foon.

The Government this week announced provision of a $8.5 million lump of money to meet the cost of recommendations put forward by the Responsible Camping Working Group.

The money will be spent largely on toilet and shower facilities, and other freedom camping area improvements.

It will also pay for education and signage, and employing more staff to enforce freedom camping rules.

“Gisborne District Council’s application for funding is still in progress,” Mr Foon said,

“We need to have design and resource consents ready, so our application is still being completed.”

So far, 27 local authorities around the country have been included in the funding, which comes from the $25 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund established by the Government last year.

The West Coast will receive $1.6 million from the fund, Queenstown Lakes District $530,000, MacKenzie and Waitaki districts $548,000.

Mr Foon said he expected Gisborne would get something from the Government fund when the application was made to the fund.

“We have received funding from it in the past.

“Applications to the fund get processed every quarter and ours will be processed before Christmas.”

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis, in announcing the fund, said the Government wanted to ensure freedom campers were able to camp responsibly.

“We want to do that while ensuring the proper facilities are in place to support our communities hosting freedom campers.”

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