Freedom camping still top of mind

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This year is certainly well under way had one formal meeting as well as a workshop to work on our community plan and a number of meetings with staff on various matters.

One thing is for sure, your community board is working positively with staff and advocating strongly for the betterment of the communities we support.

We are well aware, and have been working closely with staff, about the significant increase in freedom campers in the Ocean View and Brighton communities.

We have seen an increase in the past couple of weeks as a result of an influx of visitors coming to Dunedin for the various concerts and Waitangi weekend.

The community board’s approach has been supportive of freedom camping, but it can’t be at the cost of local residents and their communities. We believe there is space for all to share and enjoy but with a good level of managing the level/number of campers is required.

This summer we have seen an increased presence of community rangers working positively with beach users and freedom campers, normally visiting in the late afternoon/early evening.

This is a collaborative approach by the Department of Conservation and the Dunedin City Council.

Another item we well and truly have on our radar this year is preparing for the public consultation and preparation for the resource consent application for the new city landfill at the proposed site of Smooth Hill (which is just south of righton, off Big Stone Rd).

We will be advocating for a number of public information evenings, so residents feel informed and then can prepare a submission for the resource consent hearing.

Our super exciting project of the new year is advertising and seeking applications for the Saddle Hill Community Board youth ambassador.

We want to hear from young people who live in our community board area who have a strong sense of connection to academia, cultural or sporting success.

Please contact me for more information or an application form (scott.weatherall@xtra.co.nz)

As always all of our board members are very approachable help we absolutely will.

No matter how small you feel your concern may seem, it’s important and we will help you if we can to seek a suitable resolution.