Horizons Regional Council is consulting on their 2018-28 Long-term Plan (LTP) from 28 March to 30 April. The LTP sets out how Horizons Regional Council plans on managing the Region’s natural resources for the next 10 years. This includes identifying the activities we propose to deliver and what rate contributions will be required to help cover the estimated costs for each year.
A search of the Plan reveals no mentions of Waikawa Beach, but there are a few important areas that Horizons work on that we should pay attention to:
- Freshwater — our river’s water quality is frequently very poor with medium to high levels of E. Coli. To get our river all sparkling clean we should pressure Horizons to work specifically on our river.
- Our coast is eroding badly — think particularly of our vehicle access to the beach, as well as private land that is disappearing with each strong wind or high tide. The Committee has been meeting with both Councils for several years now trying to get some action on coastal erosion. Again, we need to push Horizons on this. A specific point is our loss of vehicle access.
- Many people use the Capital Connection train service. Horizons seem to be thinking of reducing their funding towards this. We should push Horizons to ensure that service will continue — and it should even be improved. More frequent trains and perhaps trains on weekends would be good.
Submissions are due by 5 pm on Monday 30 April 2018. Submit online at the link above or email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org or call freephone 0508 800 800 to have your submission noted down.