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Free camping report handed down: free camping allowed, but heavily restricted

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The issue of free camping has been ongoing for over a year now, with some council areas impacted, but others let off the hook.

This has led to the review of the free camping policy by the Treasury and Finance department, which has recently been released.

The review says that councils must limit their free campsites to no more than 10 per cent of all camp offerings within 60km. If it goes above 10 per cent, then councils must begin to charge campers for their stay.

Meander Valley Council was one of the regions worst hit by the confusion around this policy, and felt the economic impact. Meander Valley Mayor, Wayne Johnston, joins Brian Carlton this morning to talk about what these newly defined rules mean for the region.

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