Chance to have say on Maitai River health

Last updated 12:00 29/03/2014

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The Nelson City Council is hoping for a big turnout to a meeting about the Maitai River it is hosting on Monday evening.

The council has invited Friends of the Maitai and other groups it describes as "stakeholders" to discuss its planned programme to improve the river's health, for which it has earmarked $400,000 in the Draft Annual Plan.

The meeting is open to the public and the chairman of the council's planning and regulation committee, Brian McGurk, said he hoped it would be "standing room only".

"We are hoping for a great turnout to discuss a subject that is close to many Nelsonians' hearts. This council is committed to making the Maitai a top priority - we want to make a difference and we want to do it quickly."

He said the public would hear from specialists and council officers about opportunities to restore the river and could have their say about what they would like to see prioritised.

The meeting, to begin at 6.30pm at the Trafalgar Park Pavilion, would be an open forum, Mr McGurk said. The council was working closely with Friends of the Maitai, who were "great" and would probably be speaking.

The plan on how to spend the allocated $400,000 was still being developed and the council wanted as much public input as possible, he said.

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- The Nelson Mail

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