At it's last meeting for the year on 14 December, Council agreed to the appointment of Scott Martin as a responsible camping enforcement officer. He is charged with enforcing our Freedom Camping Bylaw in the Catlins, and is part of a joint effort with the Department of Conservation and Southland District Council. He's been employed through to June 2018 and Council has contributed $15,000 to this enforcement project, which will try to make an impact during the busy summer months. Scott (a Papatowai local) will be patrolling the highways armed with pamphlets and educational resources to help encourage people to camp responsibly.
After a few years of local volunteers helping enforce our bylaw, a more dedicated resource will greatly assist in getting the message out about responsible camping in the Catlins. Scott will also be handing out surveys to people to find out more about the types of visitors who come to the area.