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Freedom Camping - Final!

Yes, this is one thing that can be put to bed, and for which this Council, and the Community Boards can be justly proud. I give former Policy Manager Katina Conomos full credit for this fraught by-law that appeared at one stage to be knocked out through the courts. It was by way of a superb recovery in slips that the defects in the previous policy were eliminated, and Policy Analyst Christine Tye has in turn done a superb job in escorting the policy to fruition. 

It can now be regarded as the template for every Council facing a similar dilemma, and it will certainly be widely copied. The final process was the adoption today (in time for Xmas!) of the final determination of the location and size of the of the designated freedom camping areas (for vehicles with on-board facilities) And here is Attachment A - the Thames Resticted Areas)

This was accomplished this morning with some minor alterations, and is now ready for the Council's enforcement unit to ensure signage is completed, and the necessary procedures and inspections implemented.  They should be kept busy over the coming season as the by-law beds in, and campers become familiar with its provisions.

Well done to all concerned!




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Reader Comments (5)

Once again the "troops in the trenches" (Christine and former staffer Katina) save the day for the demonstrably incompetent management who were responsible for the earlier versions. Maybe management should realise that the policy staff actually know what they are doing and are not the "waste of space" that Leach assumes they are. And of course we all know that management must implement whatever Leach thinks to be the truth.

November 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterInsider

Hi Bill I would not normally write to a blog but feel that I need to defend myself from the comments above. I was one of troops in the trenches and a manager. I wrote the original bylaw and policy and was responsible for getting it through the procedure (including preparing all the necessary documents). I don't recall getting any assistance from the policy department during this process but the Council administration staff were saviours on many occasions. The High Court decision upheld the original bylaw and confirmed that the process that was used to make it met the statutory obligations. The decision quotes the text from the reports that were written to establish that the relevant considerations were made. Although it was tough I managed to work with the Council to get an outcome. I was not responsible for the subsequent amendments that were made to the schedules (this occurred after I left Council) which were quashed by the Courts. In other words there was nothing wrong with the original freedom camping bylaw and this was upheld by the Court, the subsequent amendments were however not done through a correct process and were therefore quashed.

November 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Noted Craig - and a fair enough response. Your major contribution should have been acknowledged. Also that it was the amended schedules that the Court found objectionable.However, it was Katina and later Christine who shepherded it through the latter stages, and it is they who get credit - one of the inevitable results of staff changes half way through process of this complexity.
Also, I hope that will understand that there has been so little of recent note around the Castle to cheer, that I hope a little a little licence may be forgiven. It was your draft, and I acknowledge that..
Cheers and best wishes - I hope all is going well in your new current role.

November 26, 2014 | Registered CommenterBill Barclay

Apologies Craig.....I do acknowledge your early good work on the original bylaw. My first post was perhaps too superficial but I think Bill has clarified what I was trying to get across.........the meddling by management resulting in policy staff having to "fix" the subsequent policy. Pity you are still not here to help with the fix. I also wish you all the must be glad to be out of the place.

November 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterInsider

Hi Craig, good to see you are still around! For your info, apparently in 3 years over 180 staff have left Council, which means there are only about 30 left from the previous structure. Your points noted just go to show what happens when that knowledge is lost.

December 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSailing Away

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