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'Confirmation' awaited

The Queenstown Lakes District Council is still waiting for "formal confirmation" of government funding for freedom camping facilities this summer.

The council has applied to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's responsible camping fund.

Last year it received $530,000, which it used to provide free sites and facilities for "certified self-contained campers" - upsetting operators of commercial camping grounds.

The council has declined to reveal what plans are being made for this summer.

Tourism Minster Kelvin Davis announced in May $8million was being made available to "continue delivering a better freedom camping system".

It would be used for "education and ambassador programmes, enforcement activity and the provision of temporary facilities".

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