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Friends . . . New Zealand Motor Caravan Association chairman Bill Paton (left) and Waitaki District Mayor Gary Kircher celebrate Oamaru being recognised as a motorhome-friendly town. PHOTO: TYSON YOUNG

Campers are welcome here.

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher is proud of Oamaru after it was officially recognised as a motorhome-friendly town by the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association.

Association chairman Bill Paton presented the award to Mr Kircher in a recent ceremony in the council chambers.

Mr Kircher stood proudly in front of other councillors while he was presented with the award.

Obtaining the status was something the council had been trying to do for a long time, he said.

“It’s a really good step in the right direction in acknowledging what we’ve done.”

Although it was hard work, the end result was something to be proud of, Mr Kircher said.

” We’ve taken quite a few steps to be able to obtain the status and it’s really pleasing to see that we have got there.”

Mr Kircher said he was appreciative of the campers who had respected the camping bylaw introduced by the council.

“We do appreciate the responsible campers and the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association.”

He was optimistic Oamaru would become a more popular destination for campers in the future.

The council planned to create more facilities that would cater to motorhomes staying in Oamaru, he said.

Mr Paton said he was pleased to present the award to Mr Kircher on behalf of the association.