Published on : Wednesday, October 25, 2017
At the yearly South Island Zone 5 & 6 Conference organized at Cromwell recently, sixty six mayors, councilors and council chief executives, participants reached the conformity that there was urgency for constant, sustainable funding to provide and preserve top quality infrastructure and to hold up the ever growing tourism.
Clutha District mayor Bryan Cadogan, who headed a meeting on the topic, explains that councils were interested to take constructive discussion in terms of the incoming government on this issue.
He said that tourism had become a top priority for the south. Simultaneously, the councils expressed the need for constancy in the freedom camping policy along with the manner it has managed, and would be working in tandem with the New Zealand Local Government to create a draft Freedom Camping Bylaw that could be modified and utilized by councils all through the country.
This would drive stability in the freedom camping policy across New Zealand, he said Cadogan mentioned that a powerful political voice from the south was required.
“It was great to see the South Island finding consensus on issues that affect us all and encouraging to see so many local government representatives there, and have the opportunity for robust and constructive discussion about some of the crucial issues many councils are facing.”