Swim­ming ban won’t af­fect cafe

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

A ban on swim­ming won’t im­pact on whether the coun­cil gives ap­proval for a cafe at the Blue Springs.

South Waikato District Coun­cil com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Kerry Fabrie said Ch­eryl Waite was aware of the coun­cil’s con­cerns around the im­pact any in­crease in vis­i­tor num­bers could have but said the dis­cour­age­ment of swim­ming did not change the ap­pli­ca­tion pro­cess.

‘‘In our view, stop­ping swim­ming at the Blue Spring does not di­rectly im­pact the re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion,’’ she said.

‘‘The Les­lie Rd end to the walk­way is not clos­ing, there will still be ac­cess.’’

Raukawa En­vi­ron­ment Group man­ager Grant Ket­tle said The Raukawa Set­tle­ment Trust (RST) con­sid­ered that eco­nomic devel­op­ment must­not at the ex­pense of the Wai­hou and Te Puna.

‘‘We con­sider that the cu­mu­la­tive im­pacts from ad­di­tional vis­i­tors to the cafe will have ad­verse ef­fects on the cul­tural and en­vi­ron­men­tal val­ues of the Wai­hou and Te Puna in­clud­ing in­creased like­li­hood of Swim­ming in Te Puna, dis­tur­bance of aquatic and ri­par­ian veg­e­ta­tion, and dis­tur­bance of river banks and bed.’’

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