Marrs and Shingle Beach Working Group
Long term monitoring by the West Coast Regional Council has highlighted intermittent elevated E. coli levels at both Marrs Beach and Shingle Beach in Westport. E. coli bacteria come from the gut of warm blooded animals and its presence can indicate potential risk from other pathogens such as Campylobacter. The Council, along with local Runanga representatives, requested a community group be established to investigate the issue. The Marrs and Shingle Beach Working Group (the Group) was tasked with investigating the issue of faecal contamination at these beaches, evaluating community values, and providing recommendations to Council on how water quality might be improved at these sites.
The Marrs and Shingle Beach Community Working Group was established in 2017 and has members representing a range of sectors and interests.
The Community Group met monthly from May 2018 until June 2019.
Marrs and Shingle Beach Working Group Members
- Neal Clementson - West Coast Regional Council representative
- Chris Coll
- Richard Nichol
- Alice Gilsenan
- Joan Hamilton
- Robert Higgens
- Jamie Cleine - Buller District Council representative
- Lisa Steenhauer
The complex nature of the issue…
Before the first meeting, group members took part in two workshops. During these workshops the group explored the issue of E. coli contamination at Marrs Beach and Shingle Beach – here's a picture showing just how complex this issue is!