New facilities near freedom camping site for everyone, New Plymouth council claims – Stuff.co.nz

A new "unit" incorporating two unisex showers, toilets, food preparation area and dish washing facilities as well as USB ports has been established near the car park at New Plymouth's Lake Rotomanu within metres of the existing toilets.

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A new “unit” incorporating two unisex showers, toilets, food preparation area and dish washing facilities as well as USB ports has been established near the car park at New Plymouth’s Lake Rotomanu within metres of the existing toilets.

A Taranaki council has used a government grant to set up and trial high-tech toilet and shower facilities near a popular freedom camping site.

New Plymouth District Council¬†says the¬†container installed near Lake Rotomanu, with two unisex showers,¬†toilets, as well as a basin and USB charging points, is for everyone’s use.

But some locals say the container, set up earlier this month at a cost of around $10,000, caters for freedom campers, who are permitted in the area, although only allow four non-self-contained vehicles are allowed per night.

The new facilities include a food preparation area, dishwashing facilities, USB ports as well as two unisex showers and toilets.

SIMON O’CONNOR/STUFF

The new facilities include a food preparation area, dishwashing facilities, USB ports as well as two unisex showers and toilets.

NPDC¬†Customer and Regulatory Solutions manager¬†Katrina Brunton¬†said the new ‘off-grid’ unit, which has¬†solar panels to power its¬†pumps and lights, would cater for everyone.

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“The high-tech toilet and shower unit is a prototype which was bought with funding from the Tourism Infrastructure¬†Fund to improve facilities in the district with the rise in visitors coming to our beautiful part of the world,” Brunton said.

A new unit with two unisex showers, toilets as well as a food preparation area and dishwashing facilities at Lake Rotomanu, near the permitted freedom camping site, is for everyone, not specifically freedom campers says the New Plymouth District Council.

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A new unit with two unisex showers, toilets as well as a food preparation area and dishwashing facilities at Lake Rotomanu, near the permitted freedom camping site, is for everyone, not specifically freedom campers says the New Plymouth District Council.

“We put the new facility at Lake Rotomanu on May 10, to trial it and see how it performs.”¬†

The NPDC was granted $156,000 by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to buy and install the unit but Brunton did not say exactly how much was spent.

“It cost about $10k to set up but it’s too early to say what the ongoing costs for cleaning and maintaining it will be,” she said.

The unit’s USB plugs were a great way to help residents and visitors from a renewable energy resource, she said.

Brunton said the facility could be moved around the district when and where it was needed. 

Councillor Murray¬†Chong¬†claimed the¬†NPDC’s¬†managers¬†were misleading ratepayers by not acknowledging the facilities mainly catered for freedom campers.

“There’s areas for washing dishes and preparing food, as well as USB ports,”¬†Chong¬†said.

“If it’s not for campers, I would like to know who washes their dishes when they go to the toilet.”

He said if the facilities were intended for the use of residents and ratepayers there were better sites, including the Bell Block BMX track, Lake Mangamahoe or on the opposite side of Lake Rotomanu for the water skiers.

In May it was revealed the NPDC had spent $103,243 to set up and service three unisex toilets, between mid December and April 30, at a Tongporutu reserve.

While the council said the facilities at Tongaporutu were intended for day-trippers, locals claimed the biggest users were freedom campers staying overnight.   

Daryl Murphy, of Taranaki Jet Ski, described the move at Lake Rotomanu as a disgrace on Facebook and said he had been trying for years to get the council to put toilets on the other side of the lake for locals to use.

“This set up would be ideal around there, yet the¬†NPDC¬†say they have no funds for this, yet up where the locals don’t use they put this in for dirty campers.”

 

 

 

Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/113029367/new-facilities-near-freedom-camping-site-for-everyone-new-plymouth-council-claims

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New facilities near freedom camping site for everyone, New Plymouth council claims – Stuff.co.nz

A new "unit" incorporating two unisex showers, toilets, food preparation area and dish washing facilities as well as USB ports has been established near the car park at New Plymouth's Lake Rotomanu within metres of the existing toilets.

SIMON O’CONNOR/STUFF

A new “unit” incorporating two unisex showers, toilets, food preparation area and dish washing facilities as well as USB ports has been established near the car park at New Plymouth’s Lake Rotomanu within metres of the existing toilets.

A Taranaki council has used a government grant to set up and trial high-tech toilet and shower facilities near a popular freedom camping site.

New Plymouth District Council¬†says the¬†container installed near Lake Rotomanu, with two unisex showers,¬†toilets, as well as a basin and USB charging points, is for everyone’s use.

But some locals say the container, set up earlier this month at a cost of around $10,000, caters for freedom campers, who are permitted in the area, although only allow four non-self-contained vehicles are allowed per night.

The new facilities include a food preparation area, dishwashing facilities, USB ports as well as two unisex showers and toilets.

SIMON O’CONNOR/STUFF

The new facilities include a food preparation area, dishwashing facilities, USB ports as well as two unisex showers and toilets.

NPDC¬†Customer and Regulatory Solutions manager¬†Katrina Brunton¬†said the new ‘off-grid’ unit, which has¬†solar panels to power its¬†pumps and lights, would cater for everyone.

READ MORE
* Temporary tourist toilets at Taranaki attraction costing close to $800 a day
* Freedom campers ignoring New Plymouth District Council rules
*¬†Screws tighten on New Plymouth’s freewheeling days of freedom camping¬†

“The high-tech toilet and shower unit is a prototype which was bought with funding from the Tourism Infrastructure¬†Fund to improve facilities in the district with the rise in visitors coming to our beautiful part of the world,” Brunton said.

A new unit with two unisex showers, toilets as well as a food preparation area and dishwashing facilities at Lake Rotomanu, near the permitted freedom camping site, is for everyone, not specifically freedom campers says the New Plymouth District Council.

SIMON O’CONNOR/STUFF

A new unit with two unisex showers, toilets as well as a food preparation area and dishwashing facilities at Lake Rotomanu, near the permitted freedom camping site, is for everyone, not specifically freedom campers says the New Plymouth District Council.

“We put the new facility at Lake Rotomanu on May 10, to trial it and see how it performs.”¬†

The NPDC was granted $156,000 by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to buy and install the unit but Brunton did not say exactly how much was spent.

“It cost about $10k to set up but it’s too early to say what the ongoing costs for cleaning and maintaining it will be,” she said.

The unit’s USB plugs were a great way to help residents and visitors from a renewable energy resource, she said.

Brunton said the facility could be moved around the district when and where it was needed. 

Councillor Murray¬†Chong¬†claimed the¬†NPDC’s¬†managers¬†were misleading ratepayers by not acknowledging the facilities mainly catered for freedom campers.

“There’s areas for washing dishes and preparing food, as well as USB ports,”¬†Chong¬†said.

“If it’s not for campers, I would like to know who washes their dishes when they go to the toilet.”

He said if the facilities were intended for the use of residents and ratepayers there were better sites, including the Bell Block BMX track, Lake Mangamahoe or on the opposite side of Lake Rotomanu for the water skiers.

In May it was revealed the NPDC had spent $103,243 to set up and service three unisex toilets, between mid December and April 30, at a Tongporutu reserve.

While the council said the facilities at Tongaporutu were intended for day-trippers, locals claimed the biggest users were freedom campers staying overnight.   

Daryl Murphy, of Taranaki Jet Ski, described the move at Lake Rotomanu as a disgrace on Facebook and said he had been trying for years to get the council to put toilets on the other side of the lake for locals to use.

“This set up would be ideal around there, yet the¬†NPDC¬†say they have no funds for this, yet up where the locals don’t use they put this in for dirty campers.”

 

 

 

Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/113029367/new-facilities-near-freedom-camping-site-for-everyone-new-plymouth-council-claims

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