Wānaka Sun       

Funding for responsible camping at Lake Dunstan

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 15 Oct, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

The Central Otago District Council (CODC) has received a grant of $191,800 from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to support the management of responsible camping over the 2020/21 peak season.

 This year's grant from MBIE will be used in partnership with Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) to implement a number of initiatives around Lake Dunstan.

 Central Otago District Council Chief Executive Sanchia Jacobs said she welcomed the support from Central Government.

 “This funding helps us to provide things like toilets and Wi-Fi, the latter which we use to track numbers of campers and deliver an education programme around responsible camping. The funding helps this all to occur without any extra financial burden to the ratepayer.”

 This year's programme will include the installation of temporary facilities at several locations. These include supplying portaloos and the continuation of the Wi-Fi service at Bendigo and Lowburn

 There will also be vehicle counters at Pinders Pond and the four Lake Dunstan sites (Bendigo, Champagne Gully, Lowburn and Jacksons)

 Servicing and maintenance of campsites will include rubbish collection and toilet cleaning and additional septic tank servicing.

There will also be education, monitoring and compliance including responsible camping surveys and data collection, minor signage upgrades and education and enforcement patrols.

Work on implementing these initiatives is scheduled to start by November 1 in order to prepare for the peak season.

CODC is also employing eight “responsible camping ambassadors” over the summer season to reduce the environmental effects of camping in the local Queenstown Lakes District.

A Responsible Camping Ambassador's role will be working in the warm months to protect, enhance and maintain conservation in the Queenstown Lakes District. Ambassadors will communicate with visitors on a daily basis at common camping sites in Queenstown and Wānaka. The focus will be on educating campers, monitoring and providing feedback on camping areas, and assisting with communication to enforcement officers as required.

Read edition 996 of the Wānaka Sun here.

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