Tourism top pri­or­ity

Clutha Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - MARY-JO TOHILL

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.

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