Fee introduced at Wai-inu Beach
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
In response to concerns from local ratepayers about recouping costs for services at the popular Wai-inu Beach Camp, the South Taranaki District Council is introducing formal camping fees instead of asking for donations.
Starting from 1st of July, 2011 the fees will be $5 per site per night, except between 1 December and the last day of February when the fees will increase to $10 per site per night.
During the peak December to February season a Council staff member will collect the fees, otherwise an honesty system will be put in place.
STDC group manager of engineering services, Neil McCann says the fees will go towards the costs of running the camp including toilet cleaning, maintenance, mowing and water reticulation.
“The recommendation to introduce a fee came from the Patea Community Board,” says Mr McCann. “Most locals feel that campers should contribute something to the services they enjoy at the beach camp,” he says.
The popular beach camp is set on a public reserve so the Council has been able to be exempted from the Camping Grounds Regulations. This means that no further development will take place so the surrounding environment will keep its natural state and charm.
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Wai-inu Beach is also known as Nukumaru Beach and Waitotara Beach.