East Coast Beach Access

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East Coast Beach Access

Timeframe for Draft Bylaw

We are currently in discussions with iwi with an interest in the East Coast. Once we have received their input, the Council will be able to publicly notify a draft bylaw through the Planning, Finance and Community Committee, and then the full Council.

The Council’s current expectation is that this will occur by December 2020. The submission period will be at least four weeks and those who submit will also be able to appear before a hearing of commissioners.


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Marlborough District Council is beginning the process to consult the public on a bylaw protecting the coastline around Cape Campbell, between the Waima/Ure and Awatere river mouths.

The issue was discussed at the Planning, Finance and Community Committee on 28 November and the approach agreed by the full Council on 12 December 2019.

The Kaikōura earthquake dramatically uplifted 110 km of Marlborough’s East Coast in November 2016, raising it by up to 2.5 metres in the area between the Awatere and Waima/Ure rivers.

Councillor Gerald Hope, who is Deputy Chair of the Environment Committee, says the uplift caused the high tide mark to shift by as much as 200 metres, leaving much more beach and shoreline exposed.

“Before the earthquake, vehicle access to this area was virtually impossible and restricted by the tides, but after 14 November 2016 it became possible to drive along the coast at almost any time. The popularity of the area has increased as a result, and vehicles are unfortunately having a significant effect on the landscape and the seals, bird colonies, reptiles and rare plants that inhabit what was previously remote wilderness.”

“People have brought their concerns about the environmental impact of motor vehicles along the coast to the Council.”

“If uncontrolled motor vehicle access continues, there could be long-term consequences for the natural landscape, biodiversity and the safety of the public,” Councillor Hope says.

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