The Waitaki District Council yesterday endorsed the move for the district to become ‘campervan friendly’ by next summer at a meeting of the customer services committee.
A report tabled from customer services group manager, Richard Mabon, said that discussions have been held with the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association regarding Campervan Friendly status.
Mr Mabon said the only barrier to having such status involved the amendment or removal of one clause in the General Bylaw, and he ‘anticipated’ devoting resources to this issue in the near future.
Mayor Gary Kircher said getting ‘campervan friendly status, would be positive for the district.
Weston resident, Graham Milmine, is the NZ Motor Caravan Association resource management assistant, and said the status would mean that people arriving in motor homes would be welcomed and that they would be provided with somewhere close to the main street to park.
He said the grassed area on the corner of Tyne Street and Waterfront Road down near the Oamaru Harbour had been suggested.
Mr Milmine said many towns now had campervan friendly status, including Waimate, for self-contained motor homes. People were looking to park and be within easy walking distance to town where they were able to shop and access amenities. They were not necessarily looking to stay over, he said.
“They’re all good spenders, they buy groceries and shop.”
Recently 59 campervans spent time at Teschmakers Wedding and Conference Centre and during the weekend of the Victorian Heritage Week celebrations the association were holding an event at the Oamaru Racecourse.
Mr Milmine said the group would be hiring a bus and touring some of the district’s highlights.
By LINDA MCCARTHY
PHOTO: LINDA MCCARTHY – Weston residents Noeline and Graham Milmine, members of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association.