Tasman Leader : August 15th 2013
5 THE TASMAN LEADER, AUGUST 15, 2013 NEWS PAN1011950 ® SUPPORTING ASTH THM MA CARE CHOICE GUARANTEED BEST VALUE FOR MONEY IN NELSON · Engineered Rib Raft slabs · Tested Zog framing to Magnitude 9 · Thermally broken double glazed windows · Ultra line Gib board to all internal walls · Stone kitchen bench tops · L.E.D downlights CALL ERIC, CHRIS OR MIKE 03 543 8100 3 MAKO STREET, RICHMOND, NELSON SHOWHOME NOW OPEN NEW SHOWHOME NOW OPEN! E i dRibRf lb Ul Standard features include FIND OUT FROM THE EXPERTS WHY MORE PEOPLE ARE BUILDING A STRONGER, SAFER, HEALTHIER GOLDEN HOME. 5548247AA Whooping Cough - Protect Your Family Whooping cough is highly infectious and can cause serious complications in babies. Adult immunisation is recommended for: • Pregnant women (free between 28-38 weeks gestation) • Expectant partners or new parents • Anyone in regular contact with babies under 6 months of age (e.g. family members, childcare and healthcare workers) • Any adult wanting to protect themselves against whooping cough Vaccination requirements: One booster dose available from your GP or practice nurse For further information contact the Immunisation Facilitator Ph: 539 1823 Nelson Yellow Pages House, 2nd floor, 190 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010 M 021 105 3729 E email@example.com Tel 03 539 0210 i Fax 03 539 0215 i www.hflaw.co.nz Hamish.Fletcher Lawyers Is that we hit targeted time frames Our point of difference at Heather Murray - Commercial Hamish.Fletcher Lawyers 5518502AA Up for debate: Will self-contained freedom camping allowed in Pohara, Ligar and Port Motueka? Photo: CHARLOTTE SQUIRE Camping rules might change By CHARLOTTE SQUIRE Proposed changes to a Freedom Camping by- law which could allow self-contained camper vans to camp in residential areas has confused and angered some Pohara residents. The changes would also apply to the Port Motueka area and Ligar Bay. While it's currently illegal to camp in Pohara, the proposed by-law suggests that freedom camping in self-contained vehi- cles should be allowed in Tennyson St and areas around Selwyn St. Tasman District Council Environmental Health Co- ordinator Graham Caradus said the proposed changes have been suggested because the council is unable to effectively enforce the ban on camping in the area. Under the proposed changes, authorities will be able to issue fines to campers who aren't using self-contained vehicles. We propose using a new bylaw made under the Freedom of Camping Act to control hotspots, such as the Motueka Beach Reserve. People were concerned about general abuse of that area. We decided we would control that area much more effec- tively with a bylaw under the Free- dom of Camping act. During that process I was approached by people from Pohara who said areas were being fouled with human excrement. They said they wanted something done about it. At the eleventh hour we tacked in Pohara and Ligar Bay into the pro- posed bylaw,'' he said. Graham said the bylaw was inten- ded to give council a tool to deal with people who were soiling the bushes and foreshore. I guess what the local residents need to weigh up is whether they're better to have the new bylaw, which allows the self-contained vehicles and hopefully keeps the poo out of the bushes, or the old bylaw where there was a total ban on camping, whether you're in a self-contained vehicle or a tent, which we couldn't enforce with infringement fines. It's really easy for people to give us their views which they can do through the website. The fact they're discussing it is really good because hopefully we're going to get some considered submissions,'' he said. Manager of Pohara Beachfront Motels Fiona Shearer says it's important to protect the foreshore, which she says is not a public camp- ing area. Our dog rolled in human faeces and we were a bit over it. We were cleaning up their rubbish, that was our issue. On the foreshore people have been going behind the flax bushes. I think there should be speci- fic designated areas for self- contained campers, or not, that are within 500 meters of a toilet,'' she said. Local resident John Crocker says he'd prefer not to see camping within 20 meters of the path that runs along the Pohara coastline. The plan being proposed is that the area along the coastal path will be open to people using self- contained vans. It's used all year round by locals and visitors from dawn until dusk. Cyclists, particu- larly a lot of family groups use it. Many kids are learning to ride their bikes there.'' He's also concerned more camping will cause coastal erosion. It only takes another track to start and the wind and waves kick in. If you let erosion start then you gets what's already happened along there.'' He says the area is residential and generally lived in all year round, rat- her than being full of empty holiday homes. Submit at tasman.govt.nz/policy/ public-consultation/freedomcamping- bylaw-amendments/#submissions by August 30.
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