Community concern over the health of the Ōpāwaho Lower Heathcote River is driving the development of a new guidance plan.

“We are aware that many people have concerns about the state of the river, and the issues and challenges we face to bring the river back to health,” says Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board Chair Alexandra Davids.

There is currently no “coherent vision” to link up the community groups, Council and other agencies that are active along the stretch of river from the Opawa Bridge to the Estuary.

The Board agreed in its 2020-2022 plan to create a document that would provide this direction.

“The plan will address these at a high level, with proposals for solutions that community and elected members alike can collaborate in and also lobby for change, “ Ms Davids says.

A working party of elected members and community group representatives have been meeting to set the foundation for a wider community conversation, and they are keen to hear from the public about their vision for the river.

There will be a drop-in session to find out more, ask any questions and share ideas. The drop in is also an opportunity to meet some of the community members who coordinate and take part in activities along the river.

Date: Tuesday 15 June between 5pm and 7pm.

Location:  Woolston Club, 43 Hargood Street.