27/10/2016 2:30:00 p.m.
27 October 2016
Mayor Hamish McDouall welcomes ideas for the Whanganui Port Revitalisation.
He says the two public meetings which were recently held have already identified the community’s priorities at the Port, with some “fantastic ideas floated so far (pardon the pun)”.
It was evident from the lively and passionate discussion at the two meetings that Whanganui people are interested in their future and can see the ‘big picture’ in terms of what the Port could provide for business, training and recreational users.
One of the more publicised ideas is Neville Johnson’s Whanganui to Motueka ferry concept. Mr Johnson has met with the Whanganui and Partners team several times over the last year and has been offered financial support to assist with the business case.
“We look forward to working with Mr Johnson to see how his plan could fit with the Port Revitalisation. We’ve asked Mr Johnson for supporting information and when we receive that the next step is to work with the Port Revitalisation team to consider the proposed venture. If the business case stacks up a ferry could be a very exciting opportunity.”
The Port project is an essential part of growing the Whanganui economy and improving the wellbeing of our community as well as our wider region. Everyone’s feedback, big or small, is invited. This includes businesses who are interested in relocating to the Port.
To find out more and share your views, visit www.whanganui.govt.nz/port.