Gates to stay closed

Otago Daily Times - - Regions -

The gates al­low­ing pub­lic ac­cess to the Oa­maru break­wa­ter area will re­main closed per­ma­nently.

Waitaki District coun­cil­lors on Wed­nes­day voted unan­i­mously to lock the gates dur­ing hours of dark­ness.

Last year, af­ter pub­lic pres­sure, the gates were left un­locked to en­sure pub­lic ac­cess, but large crowds of tourists gath­er­ing on the break­wa­ter at night to watch pen­guins com­ing ashore at the Oa­maru Blue Pen­guin Colony prompted the coun­cil to trial a clo­sure last month, cit­ing health and safety con­cerns. Waitaki

Mayor Gary Kircher said the coun­cil would con­tinue to mon­i­tor the num­ber of peo­ple ac­cess­ing the break­wa­ter af­ter dark. ‘‘If it re­quires en­force­ment . . . we will have to look at that.’’

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