Opunake Beach Masterplan
Time is running out to have your say on the Opunake Beach Masterplan with consultation closing on Monday 16 May.
Last Saturday (30 April) more than 50 people attended a public open day held at the Opunake Beach Surf Lifesaving Club detailing the draft Masterplan.
South Taranaki District Council (STDC) property and facilities manager, John Sargeant, says there were a range of opinions expressed but all agreed that the special ‘laid back’ character of the popular beach should be retained.
“Replacing the playground was discussed on several occasions. Some thought that a smaller playground using just swings and slides would be effective. This would allow more funding for better management of the dunes to stop the sand build-up on the grass area and to have formal walkways through the dunes with good interpretation boards as a part of an ‘environmental education’ tool,” says Mr Sargeant.
“This could allow schools to take children through and teach them about the importance of the coastal environment. The proposed Sculpture Trail which would extend the length of the Opunake Walkway was also met with a positive response from all who attended,” he says.
Mr Sargeant says the Council has budgeted to invest $500,000 over the next 5 years on Opunake Beach. “We want to make sure that Opunake Beach maintains its unique character and continues to be an iconic destination for both locals and visitors,” he says.
“That means we want to hear from as many people as possible about what it is they want to see at the beach as we need to get it right as a community.”
More information about the Opunake Beach Masterplan can be found here or at Opunake LibraryPlus and Dreamtime Surf shop. There you can fill in the hardcopy feedback form or click here and fill in the online survey. Council staff will be available at Opunake LibraryPlus on Monday 16 May from 1:30pm - 5pm to answer questions and take feedback.
Public consultation closes on 16 May.