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Press Release: Stewart Islanders urged to have say about wharves

Stewart Islanders and wharf users will have the opportunity to speak to an independent consultant about the future of wharves on Stewart Island (excluding Halfmoon Bay) this month.

Council’s community partnership leader Michelle Stevenson said Council owns five of the seven wharves on the island, with the possibility of owning a sixth. Two of those wharves are needing urgent maintenance while others will need work in the next few years.

“Council wants to know what residents, ratepayers and stakeholders believe are the best options for these wharves before going any further with planning and funding, as at present we do not rate for wharf maintenance,” she said.

Consultant Sandra James is going to spend time on the island this month to talk to anyone who wants to have a chat, either by going to a drop-in session at the Pavilion, or to the Conversation Café at the Stewart Island Community Centre on Thursday 25 May from 7pm to 9pm.

Times for drop-ins are:

24 May, 10am to 12pm

25 May, 2pm to 4pm.

26 May 2pm to 4pm

 “We’d also encourage people to go online at southlanddc.govt.nz to fill out a survey, or you can contact Sandra directly on 027 290 7550,” Ms Stevenson said.

Following this and engagement with other stakeholders and recreational users, Ms James will consolidate all the information she has gathered, and then come back to the community to give feedback and check-in that she has captured all the thoughts of the community.

Then she will prepare a report including recommendations that will be presented to Council in July/August.

For further information please contact:

Michelle Stevenson

Ph: 0800 732 732

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