Camp vandals may be forced to pay
Out-of-control partygoers have cost the Waimate District Council $4000.
The bill for damages and the cleanup follows a large gathering of youths who converged on Briar's Gully at Lake Benmore over Labour Weekend.
Waimate parks manager Graeme Watts estimated up to 150 youths from Oamaru, Timaru and Waimate destroyed the camp site's toilet, caused fire damage to trees and wheelie bins, and littered a huge area with broken glass and rubbish.
Mr Watts said he had spoken to police in relation to possibly laying charges to recover costs as well as trespassing those responsible.
A meeting is being held today in Oamaru with the police where both Waitaki and Waimate council staff will discuss the incident and how they might tackle any future issues at the Waitaki Lakes camping areas.
Thirty youths were trespassed from Briar's Gully on Sunday after emergency services were called to the area twice.
Police initially received reports that a gas bottle had been thrown on to a fire at Briar's Gully and it was soon discovered a gas-powered barbecue had caught alight during the blaze.
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