Tourism top priority
Creating a sustainable source of tourism infrastructure funding will be a top priority for discussion with the new government, southern councils say.
At the annual South Island Zone 5 & 6 Conference held at Cromwell recently, which involved 66 mayors, councillors and council chief executives, participants reached an agreement that there was a need for ongoing, sustainable funding to deliver and maintain high quality infrastructure, to support increasing tourism.
Clutha District mayor Bryan Cadogan, who chaired a meeting on the topic, said tourism had become a top priority for the south.
The councils also voiced a need for consistency in the freedom camping policy and in the way it was managed, and would be working with Local Government New Zealand to develop a draft bylaw that could be adapted and used by councils throughout the country. Cadogan said a stronger political voice from the south was needed.
“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.”
Elected members at the South Island Zone 5 & 6 Conference at Cromwell familiarise themselves with the Bendigo camping area.