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Wanted! Your feedback on Port masterplan
Published: 24 Jan 2017 - - Author: Press Release

WDC Media Release

It’s time for your say on the Port Revitalisation draft masterplan.

Released late last year, the draft masterplan incorporates ideas from the project’s four reference groups which represent the marine, recreational and community, commercial and industry and education sectors.

Feedback from the wider community about the Port Revitalisation was also taken into account as well as input from a group to consider the proposed Whanganui to Motueka ferry.

The draft masterplan includes a promenade along the water’s edge which will connect to the City to North Mole Cycleway and an upgrade to existing heritage buildings, the Victory Shed and Red Shed.

It also incorporates a new marina and berths, a travel lift for the maintenance of commercial boats and additional boat parking.

One of the draft masterplan’s features is a Port Basin, which will be developed for use at all tides by non-motored water sports like waka ama and coastal rowing. There is also potential for the Port Basin to include a park and beach area.

Anna Te Rei from the Te Kaihau o Kupe Waka Ama (outrigger) group says their group presented a plan of what they wanted to see to the Port Revitalisation Team in the initial stages of the community reference group meetings.

“Our ideas have been taken into consideration, which we’re excited about.

“One of the features of the masterplan is to establish a beach area, which would be really attractive for families. It’s about giving people the opportunity to be on the water.  

“We also see the potential for kayaking and kayak fishing, as well as the popular activity of stand-up paddle boarding.”  

Rod Trott, who has a long-term involvement in lake, river and coastal rowing and has competed in waka ama locally, national and internationally, encourages everyone to share their ideas about the Port Revitalisation.

“There’s magnificent potential to utilise parts of the Port for recreational sports as it’s an ideal launching area with the sea, harbour and estuary.”

Mr Trott says that while there has been some pessimism in the past about Port development, he believes the draft masterplan is well laid-out and “sheds a new light on what the Port could be”.

 “As many people as possible should get involved in having their say on the masterplan as there is potential for a realistic and exciting plan.”

To view the draft masterplan and send us your feedback, please visit www.whanganui.govt.nz/portmasterplan  

Feedback on the draft masterplan closes at 5.00pm on Friday, 3 February 2017.

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