Hi­matangi Beach Com­mu­nity Pa­trol

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Our District News -

The Hi­matangi Beach Com­mu­nity Pa­trol team will be cel­e­brat­ing their one-year an­niver­sary on Christ­mas eve and now with their very own pa­trol ve­hi­cle to match.

Dur­ing the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan Sub­mis­sion process, the Hi­matangi Beach Com­mu­nity Com­mit­tee and the Hi­matangi Beach Com­mu­nity Trust put for­ward a joint sub­mis­sion re­quest­ing Coun­cil’s sup­port to work in part­ner­ship with the Surf Club on a com­mu­nity beach watch pro­gramme.

With a beach war­den pro­gramme the Coun­cil would be help­ing to pro­vide a safer des­ti­na­tion for beach vis­i­tors, hol­i­day home own­ers, and res­i­dents. This would re­sult in a safer, main­tained en­vi­ron­ment which would mean more vis­i­tors to Hi­matangi Beach.

To or­gan­ise and run a beach war­den pro­gramme, the lo­cal com­mit­tee needed fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from the Coun­cil with com­pul­sory costs that in­cluded train­ing for vol­un­teers, a suit­able cell­phone, high vis­i­bil­ity cloth­ing and a suit­able ve­hi­cle.

Coun­cil made a grant to­wards es­tab­lish­ing the team and part of this grant helped to fund the pur­chase of a sec­ond-hand ve­hi­cle from the Horowhenua Dis­trict Coun­cil this year.

The Hi­matangi Beach Com­mu­nity Pa­trol team is made up en­tirely of Hi­matangi res­i­dent vol­un­teers who help the Po­lice to make their com­mu­nity a safer en­vi­ron­ment for ev­ery­one.

This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant over the Christ­mas pe­riod when the town’s pop­u­la­tion swells from about 400 to close to 4000.

If you see them about or down at the beach over sum­mer be sure to give them a big wave.

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