In 1995 a reserve management plan was published for Victoria Domain and related reserves (including Shelley Beach, Memorial Park, Waikawa Recreation Reserve and Endeavour Park. Some 23 years later much has changed in the way people use and value these reserve areas and this needs to be considered in developing a new plan.
Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui Trust and the Marlborough District Council are working together to prepare a new plan and would like to hear from you. The new reserve management plan for the Victoria Domain reserves will provide an overall vision and management framework that will help guide both day-to-day and long-term decision making.
The following table sets out a proposed timeframe for completing the review. This will be updated as the review progresses.
|Develop draft plan||August 2018 to February 2019|
|Draft plan released to public for submissions||Late May 2019 to late July 2019|
|Hear submissions||August 2019|
|Develop final plan |
Approval required from Minister of Conservation
Council adopts final reserve management plan
Why you should be involved
Victoria Domain is one of the most prominent tracts of land in Waitohi/Picton that offers a range of passive and active recreational opportunities. The Domain hosts numerous walking trails and bike tracks that are popular with local mountain biking clubs. There are also spectacular views down the Sounds from the roadway and tracks and the opportunity to view some of the wildlife that flourishes amongst the various tree, bush and shrub species.
The Domain is also rich in history with some Māori names given to parts of Victoria Domain (Te Ihu Moeone) including Te Pahoahoa (‘the Snout’) and Te Tungara (a reference to a taniwha) at the high point on the southern end.
How you can get involved
As a Marlborough local, reserve user or resident, you can influence how the Victoria Domain reserves are used, managed and developed in future by providing some suggestions or feedback. We are keen to hear your views. There are several opportunities to be involved. This includes through:
- an informal feedback period;
- a second more formal opportunity to prepare a submission on a draft management plan once that is released;
- and through hearings on submissions.
In addition, the review team are happy to come and talk with groups about the review process and listen to your ideas for how you would like to see the Victoria Domain area managed.
The reserve management plan is currently being drafted. It is intended that the draft plan will be publicly notified for submission in late May with submissions closing in late July.
If you would like to talk with someone about the review please contact Linda Craighead or Grahame Smail at the Council on 03 520 7400 or Sylvie Heard at Te Ātiawa on 03 573 5170.