Future of the Oamaru Harbour area

​​Waitaki District Council will soon be launching community engagement on the future of Oamaru Harbour and the surrounding area to inform a masterplan.​

Affected area of Oamaru Harbour masterplan

Waitaki Mayor, Gary Kircher is excited to see the public discussion kick off through the launch of an online survey this Friday. He sees this as a great opportunity for the community to share their views on the harbour’s future.

A public information session will be held at the Oamaru Opera House at 7pm on Wednesday the 31st of October to launch the community engagement and explain the masterplan development process.

“Originally our plan was to consult on an updated Harbour Strategy that Council would build as an evolution of the existing plans. However, it became clear during recent discussions that we should change tactic, widen the scope and include the community’s views before putting pen to paper.”

“There have been a lot of ideas floated for the future of the Harbour Area, some good and some not so good. The harbour area is an important historic community asset and this is an opportunity for the community to let us know what they see as its future. This includes what people do and don’t want to see there, and what they think is important.”

Work on a masterplan for the harbour area will begin once this round of engagement is carried out, and the results will directly inform the masterplan process. Once Council have developed a first draft of the masterplan they will launch a second round of engagement with the community to test and refine the plan.

“We really want the Oamaru and wider Waitaki district community to get in behind this plan, and the best way to do that is to ensure everyone has a chance to have a say. There’s a real chance to build on the fantastic work already done over the past fifteen years to create an enduring space, but we need to get it right - and we want the community’s help to do that.”

“The Masterplan process will look at the future of the harbour area as a whole. It will include things such as historic heritage, solutions for transport and parking, shared spaces, potential ​development opportunities, community assets, ecological and environmental management. Importantly, it will make sure the things that make the Harbour so special are retained and enhanced.”

Council will also be bringing together past plans and strategies to allow for a holistic and consolidated view. This is to ensure a ‘big picture’ approach which builds on the work already done so that future developments provide the best possible outcome for the town.

“We aren’t throwing the baby out with the bathwater in terms of work already done, I think most of us would agree that the harbour area has been developed well so far, and this is another chance for the community to share their views on the future of this important community asset,” says Mayor Kircher.

Consultation will begin Friday 26 October and run for a month, closing Friday 30 November. Everyone is encouraged to let Council know their views, either using our online survey, by emailing consult@waitaki.govt.nz or by mail to Private Bag 50058, Oamaru 9444. Alternatively, people can leave feedback at any Council office or library, where forms will be available. ​

Find more information at Oamaru HarbOUR Space page.​

Page reviewed: 26 Oct 2018 2:10pm