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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:26am

Council has received a significant financial injection from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment for new tourism infrastructure.

Government’s Responsible Camping Working Group has awarded $230,000 from the Tourism Infrastructure Fund for projects in Selwyn including new toilet facilities, signage, asset renovation and data collection.

Council Chief Executive Officer, David Ward says with the popularity of freedom camping increasing, there’s a need for more facilities around the district to cope with the growing demand.

“We want to build on visitors’ experiences of enjoying our wonderful district, and this funding will help us upgrade services in a number of areas around Selwyn,” Mr Ward says.Camping

“We will be spending a substantial amount on new toilet facilities at Lake Selfe and Lake Georgina, which will be welcomed by lake users.

“Some of the funding will also go towards signage, to help visitors understand what can and can’t be done in these areas.”

Across Selwyn the Council directly manages four free camping sites. There’s also one commercial site and three operated by local committees.

The new projects will be in place in time for the 2018/19 peak camping season.

Selwyn was one of more than 30 councils from around New Zealand which applied for financial
assistance from the fund.