Campers still have freedom

Pohara and Ligar Bay residents have opted out of being included in Tasman's freedom camping bylaw.

Illegal campers at the Motueka Beach Reserve will now face the risk of being fined $200 under the new area-specific bylaw, which was passed by the district council last week.

Illegal campers around the rest of the district only face being asked to move on under the council's current broader bylaw.

The bylaw stemmed from concerns raised about noisy recidivist campers, with vehicles that did not have self-contained waste.

Pohara and Ligar Bay were included in the proposed bylaw when it went out for public consultation because those two sites had also been identified by staff as freedom camping hot-spots. Of the 198 submissions received, the majority of the 98 pertaining to Pohara and Ligar Bay opposed their inclusion.

The Nelson Mail