We have received the following email from Beth Houlbrooke, Chair – Rodney Local Board
Dear community groups
As promised to many of you, here is your alert that the opportunity to give formal feedback on the proposed Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw is now open.
Public consultation has opened today on the proposed Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw. This consultation is seeking public feedback from now until 18 February.
This new bylaw under the Freedom Camping Act 2011 will replace existing legacy bylaw provisions that currently manage freedom camping.
The Freedom Camping Act 2011 sets what the council can do to manage freedom camping through a bylaw. Freedom camping is generally allowed on land controlled or managed by the council. Any prohibitions or restrictions the council puts in place need to be necessary to protect the area, the health and safety of people who may visit the area, or access to the area.
The prohibitions or restrictions must be a proportionate response to the problem for the area. The council cannot ban freedom camping everywhere, nor prohibit freedom camping in areas without evidence that the prohibition is required.
The bylaw proposes to prohibit or restrict Freedom Camping at 422 sites across the Auckland Region. Under this bylaw, enforcement officers will have the ability to issue a $200 infringement fine to anyone who breaches a prohibition or restriction.
The proposed bylaw and feedback forms can be found at:
Beth has also, subsequently, advised that there is also a Have Your Say drop-in session on Saturday 16 February at the Old Masonic Hall in Warkworth from 2.00 – 4.00 pm.
The OBC has already done a lot of preparatory work in relation to the Freedom Camping proposals, and this consultation.
There is an article on this in the Summer Newsletter ….
For those interested in reading further, the links below may be of interest.
It’s the OBC’s intention to issue a survey to it’s members, to ascertain people’s views. The results of this survey will be used for the OBC’s submission to Auckland Council.
Lookout for the Survey in your In-Box … and have your say!