Har­bour cleanup mov­ing closer

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The strat­egy for clean­ing up Porirua Har­bour is on track, with one re­main­ing city coun­cil to con­sider a re­port be­fore the ‘‘nuts and bolts’’ can be sorted out.

A joint hear­ing com­mit­tee on the draft Porirua Har­bour and Catch­ment Strat­egy and Ac­tion Plan heard seven oral sub­mis­sions in Oc­to­ber at Taka­puwahia Marae. Over­all, 23 sub­mis­sions were re­ceived from in­di­vid­u­als and groups.

The com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tions and ex­pla­na­tions are now be­ing dis­cussed by coun­cils in the Welling­ton re­gion. Welling­ton City is the last to do this, next week, while Porirua City Coun­cil heard the com­mit­tee’s re­port on Novem­ber 24.

Porirua City coun­cil­lor Euon Mur­rell said although the wheels had turned slowly on get­ting the strat­egy to this point, this re­port was ‘‘a big step in the right di­rec­tion’’. Rec­om­men­da­tions in­clude: A pub­lic and busi­ness-spe­cific ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme, paid for by all the re­gion’s coun­cils.

Es­tab­lish­ing a catch­ment ranger or ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer.

Clar­i­fy­ing the role of ‘‘ com­mu­nity in­volve­ment’’ into the fu­ture.

Bet­ter com­ment on the cur­rent rates of sed­i­men­ta­tion.

Im­proved land man­age­ment con­trols.

Bet­ter in­for­ma­tion for the pub­lic on the ‘‘com­plex is­sues’’ around dredg­ing.

Hear­ings com­mit­tee chair­man and Ngati Toa rep­re­sen­ta­tive Rawiri Faulkner said it would be un­likely they will have the fi­nal strat­egy in place be­fore the end of the year.

It had been a thor­ough process to date, he said. He was pleased they had sup­port for im­prov­ing the har­bour but it was im­por­tant there were very clear guide­lines.

‘‘Ev­ery­one is keen to get on and start the de­vel­op­ment side, so we can im­ple­ment it soon. That’s go­ing to be a chal­lenge.’’

Each in­di­vid­ual coun­cil’s rel­e­vant of­fi­cers will get to­gether in the com­ing months to fi­nalise the strat­egy.

‘‘We’re nearly into the nuts and bolts, it will come down to in­di­vid­ual plan­ning cy­cles and bud­gets for the coun­cils. I’m sure there will be plenty of in­ter­nal de­bates on how they can achieve their goals. Hope­fully this strat­egy is some­thing that is fea­tur­ing quite highly in long-term plans.’’

Porirua City Coun­cil be­gin plan­ning for its 2012-22 long-term plan in the first half of next year.

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