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Archived content: This media release was accurate on the date of publication. 


A new working group will develop short-term solutions to manage camping in the Mackenzie and Waitaki basins.

Date:  20 July 2018 Source:  Mackenzie District Council

DOC is working alongside Mackenzie District and Waitaki District councils, Land Information New Zealand and New Zealand Transport Agency to form the Mackenzie and Waitaki Basins Responsible Camping Strategy Working Group. 

The region has experienced significant growth as a visitor destination, which has created significant pressures on local communities and organisations tasked with managing land in the area. This working group has been tasked with identifying quick-win solutions to immediately mitigate camping pressures through developing and monitoring a camping strategy for the 2018/19 summer season.

DOC Acting Recreation, Tourism and Heritage Director Tinaka Mearns says the group will be taking a joined-up and collaborative approach.

“The group will be able to look at solutions across the region to more efficiently use funding to help manage visitor pressures in the short-term,” she says.

The first meeting of the Mackenzie and Waitaki Basins Responsible Camping Strategy Working Group will take place on Monday 23 July in Timaru.

Read the full media release on the Mackenzie District Council website.

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