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Further investment to improve freedom camping

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis today announced that an additional $8 million is being made available to help encourage responsible camping across the country.

The funding will be available for summer 2019/20 for education and ambassador programmes, enforcement activity and the provision of temporary facilities for the busy summer season.

The further investment follows the success of a similar programme that was run last summer, that saw funding for infrastructure, enforcement and education programmes and a data and technology pilot.

“We have received great feedback from councils, communities and campers that said the work of last summer improved the experience for everyone,” says Tourism Systems and Insights Manager at MBIE, Richard Davies.

“We’ve shown that by working together and collaborating with local government and communities on tourism issues, we can come up with innovative and sustainable solutions that work for everybody."

“The feedback that we have received from last summer will help to refine the initiatives and target projects to the right places to minimise any inadvertent disruption to businesses and communities.”

The responsible camping funding round will open on 1 June 2019. Further information can be found on the MBIE website.

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