Submissions due on parks plan

Greater Wellington is reminding the public that only a couple of weeks are left to make a submission on the Greater Wellington Parks Network Plan Draft.

Out for consultation since 27 May, the draft plan is Greater Wellington’s first-ever “consolidated” parks plan, giving a better overview of regional parks and forests and a more integrated management regime. (Previously Greater Wellington had separate plans for each park, which were reviewed individually.)

“I urge anyone with an interest in publicly-owned open spaces to make a submission. We need a wide range of views to ensure our parks network meets the recreational needs of the community and protects the region’s biodiversity,” says Cr Chris Laidlaw, Chair of Greater Wellington’s Regional Sustainability Committee.

The draft plan includes the following areas: Battle Hill Farm Forest Park, Belmont Regional Park, East Harbour Regional Park, Kaitoke Regional Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Akatarawa Forest, Pakuratahi Forest and the Wainuiomata Recreation Area.

Submissions are due by 4pm Friday 23 July. For a copy of the draft plan and an online submission form, go to www.gw.govt.nz/parks.

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