Bylaw Education Event Takes to Beaches This Saturday

Published: 08-Nov-2018

Picturesque seashores, sparking saltwater creeks and special flora and fauna; the Northern Pegasus Bay coastal strip in Waimakariri District, which reaches from the mouth of the Waimakariri River right up to the mouth of the Ashley River, is a beloved asset to the area.

Protecting the natural beauty of the beaches and estuarine areas that populate this strip is an important priority for residents and visitors who support enforcement of the Northern Pegasus Bay Bylaw 2016. The Bylaw covers rules including motor vehicle and motorbike use, dog walking, horse riding, camping and fires.

The Bylaw will be the topic of conversation this Saturday 10 November 2018 at an event run in partnership between Waimakariri District Council, Environment Canterbury, Department of Conservation  and Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust, with a potential presence from fire and police to show their support.

The mobile event, likely to meander along the coastal strip, will start in Kairaki around 10am and run until approximately 3pm in the afternoon.

Community Projects Officer Mike Kwant says of the opportunity, “Over a friendly sausage sizzle, and in a treasured setting, we are looking forward to reminding everyone who enjoys these areas about the Bylaw rules. We know many already appreciate how instrumental they are to protecting the environment and making sure that all beach users can enjoy themselves in these shared spaces. This is a good opportunity to provide education to those who may not be clear on the rules and to continue with our programme of enforcement.”

The event will support other recent initiatives by the Council to educate residents about the rules for the beaches and estuary. A video series has been produced highlighting various topics within the Bylaw and an advertising campaign will be running in the local cinemas over the holiday season.

For more information about the Northern Pegasus Bay Bylaw rules, visit Waimakariri.govt.nz/beaches