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Council supports trusts option to protect local wharves

March 6th, 2014
[TDC press release]

The Council has given its support for the establishment of independent trusts to protect repair and maintain local wharves in Golden Bay, Westhaven and the Quay at Motueka.

Since 2010 the Council has been asked to make its intentions clear about the future for a number of wharves in Golden Bay and Motueka.

Currently they are classed as abandoned and are in the ownership of the Department of Conservation, but as they are of historical and cultural significance to the Bay, the Council had previously been asked by the Golden Bay Community Board to take responsibility for, and repair, them.

"This is not just a Tasman issue and such trusts have been formed in other parts of the country," said Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne. "Such a solution was recently presented as an option enabling no ongoing financial obligation to the Council.

"The trust possibility provides a ray of hope for the wharves in the current financial climate as the competition for resources does not allow the Council to take more than a supporting role."


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