Lake Ruataniwha plan for reserve on the agenda

Upper Waitaki Water Zone Committee Chair, Simon Cameron

Upper Waitaki Water Zone Committee Chair, Simon Cameron

Hear from Upper Waitaki Water Zone Committee chair Simon Cameron, he updates us on Lake Ruataniwha reserve.

It may seem a bit chilly to be talking about one of the busiest swimming spots in the Upper Waitaki – but we’re excited to hear about plans being developed for the reserve land around Lake Ruataniwha at our next meeting.

Mackenzie District Council will be discussing progress on the Lake Ruataniwha Recreation Reserve Management Plan and how people can give feedback once the draft plan is prepared.

About the plan

The high-level plan will help the council and Twizel Community Board make quality decisions about how this park is used, protected, and developed in the future.

I was surprised to learn that the reserve actually covers 68.7 hectares of land and I’m looking forward to hearing the feedback the Council has received so far on how it could be managed.

The Council will be asking zone committee members for their input on what’s important from a water quality perspective.

I don’t think it will be a spoiler to say that ensuring there are adequate toilets in the area is still a key focus for us and our One Poo Can Close the Lake campaign will continue to be important.

Further updates

Also on this week’s agenda is an update from Environment Canterbury on its work with landowners and catchment groups in the Ahuriri catchment to further reduce the risk of nutrient loss to waterways.

We will then finalise the remainder of our action plan budget - and I look forward to updating you soon on where we will be focusing our action over the next year.

Next meeting

As usual, members of the public are welcome at our meetings. Our next meeting is on Friday, 20 May at 10.30am at Mackenzie Country Hotel.

Note that we start meetings at the later time of 10.30am over the cooler months to keep people off the roads at the iciest times. Stay safe and hope to see you at one of our upcoming meetings.