22 December 2016
Despite the busy Christmas social season, there was a good turn out to a meeting updating interested public on the Port Revitalisation progress.
The meeting, held on Tuesday, December 20 at the War Memorial Centre, was hosted by members of the Port Revitalisation team, Marine Consultant Phil Wardale and LandLAB Landscape Architect and Urban Designer Henry Crothers.
They presented a master plan for the port’s development and updated the work of the reference groups.
Members of the four reference groups: marine; recreation and community; commercial and industry, and training and education, have been selected to represent the wider community and provide the insight, knowledge and expertise needed to redevelop a port area which works for everyone.
In addition to the reference groups, special interest groups are also considering specific ideas for the port, such as the proposed Whanganui – Motueka ferry.
The marine reference group suggested increased access to the water’s edge, re-establishing a port basin, storage of boat trailers, organised berthage, the ability to unlock potential for marine activities and to ensure existing streets in the Castlecliff area have good port access.
From a recreational and community perspective, a new park area, an area for swimming and bombing and a hub for non-motorised water sports such as paddle boarding and waka ama have been incorporated into the plan.
It was also important to the recreation and community reference group that the look and feel of the port complements the Town Centre Regeneration Strategy and the work of Progress Castleciff and the Council in regenerating that area.
“Adding valuable feedback about what kind of port you want to see as a community is something we would like people to be talking and thinking about over the Christmas break. We know the community is really interested and we’ve had a great deal of feedback so far. But we want to make sure everyone has the chance to have their say. Although we have a draft master plan, it’s not set in stone yet. Now that everyone can see it, we want to know what you think,” said Phil Wardale.
Following community feedback on the draft master plan, information about timing and cost for the Port Revitalisation will be revealed in the New Year.
To see the draft Port Revitalisation plan and to give us your feedback, please visit www.whanganui.govt.nz/port