‘I want to teach my kids fish­ing’

The Timaru Herald - - NEWS -

At the time it was closed, it was said to be done so for health and safety rea­sons and about that time there was talk of a wheel­chair ramp be­ing in­stalled at the rock edge.

The only time ac­cess by the pub­lic is per­mit­ted is dur­ing spe­cial events such as the week­end’s an­nual fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘Sun­day was per­fect, peo­ple were able to fish at the wharf. It’s about the kids, and them learn­ing a new skill,’’ Wil­son said.

‘‘Plenty of peo­ple want to teach their kids but we must be the only har­bour with­out pub­lic ac­cess to wharfs to teach our kids a great kiwi pas­time.’’

Wil­son is also call­ing for a new jetty near the port end of Caro­line Bay so peo­ple have eas­ier ac­cess for fish­ing and other recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties. He sug­gested it could be near the cur­rent fish­er­man’s wharf site.

The jetty, which is owned by the Ti­maru Yacht and Power­boat Club, has also been closed to the pub­lic for safety rea­sons since Septem­ber.

‘‘It doesn’t have to be big, but it should re­place what we have lost at that end of the Bay. A lot of peo­ple are say­ing that all the good fish­ing spots have gone,’’ Wil­son said.

‘‘Maybe a jetty that comes out five or ten me­tres, with safety rails of course.

‘‘There’s a lot of dis­abled peo­ple out there who want to go fish­ing. And there’s a lot of par­ents who want to take their kids fish­ing. And that’s what it’s about.’’

PrimePort chief ex­ec­u­tive Phil Mel­hopt de­clined to com­ment, say­ing it was a Ti­maru Dis­trict Coun­cil mat­ter.

The coun­cil has yet to re­spond.

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