What Are Our Beaches For?

Currently I am sitting on a hearings panel that has been listening to submisisons on a proposed District Plan Change, By-Law and Management Plan for the Waimakariri District beaches.

Shags at the Ashworths side of the Ashley-Rakahuri mouth

 There are widely divergent views regarding beach access for motor vehicles.  Most seem to agree that the beach is a wonderful place – much of it a wilderness at our back door. Many would like to see no vehicles at all, but others see a legitimate use for people to get to fishing points, etc.  They would probably see the ATV below, used to pull a jet-ski to the beach in an isolated area, as such a use.

 Most, however, have expressed hostility towards the use represented below.  Unfortunately, however, young trail bike riders don’t usually appear before Council hearing panels! Incidentally, the rider in the picture used a route to the beach that is already illegal.

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