Lakes glass ban considered

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A glass bottle ban in the Waitaki lakes district over the peak summer holiday period is being considered by the Waitaki District Council.

Waitaki Lakes camp supervisor Simon Fox told the Oamaru Mail he had called for a glass bottle ban in the lakes area over Christmas-New Year but he did not want to inflame the situation and preferred not to comment further.

“I’ve left it with council. I’ve only raised the issue but I’ve got a lot of support from campers and Otematata residents.”

The council’s community services group manager Thunes Cloete was busy in meetings yesterday but he made it known that council had been considering the proposal for some time.

“We’ll confirm a decision in the next two to three weeks,” a council spokesperson said on Mr Cloete’s behalf.

Over the years, unruly behaviour has often been reported in the Waitaki lakes area during the Christmas holiday period.

In recent incidents, last January six Oamaru youths were served two-year trespass notices at council-owned campsites in the Waitaki Valley after allegedly lighting fires and abusing holidaymakers at Parsons Rock.

During Labour Weekend, 30 youths were trespassed from a Lake Benmore campsite after vandalism and out of control parties were reported.

Meanwhile, police said they would be bolstering their numbers in the lakes area during the peak of the holidays.

“We’ll have enough (staff) to deal with any problem that arises,” Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy of the Oamaru Police said.

Thousands of holidaymakers flock to the area from December 26 through to early January.

“We’ll do random and compulsory checking,” Sergeant McCoy said.

“We’ll also have police for the Omarama Rodeo and the races at Kurow and Otematata.”

Mr Fox welcomed the increased police presence.

“It’ll be nice seeing the police up there doing their job.”

By CHRIS TOBIN