14 March 2019
Planning a pathway forward for the future of Westport kicked off last night with the first meeting of the Westport 2100 Working Group.
The first few meetings will be focussed on ensuring the information around the hazard scape, and the implications of this for the future, are understood by Group members, appointing a Chairperson and confirming the Terms of Reference.
“This work will be a marathon, not a sprint,” said Buller District Councillor Sharon Roche. “We have a really important job to understand the issues facing us.”
The project has a long term focus. National planning guidance recommends looking at a 100 year timeframe.
Ms Roche said that there is no one solution to address the risks facing Westport, and the group was determined to see results from their efforts, not just another report or set of recommendations that would sit on the shelf gathering dust.
“We will be taking a couple of months to review the information, understand the constraints and potential options before bringing the community into the wider discussion.”
The Regional Council is hosting a webpage to provide information and regular updates to keep the community informed on the progress of the Working Group. This information can be found at:
The next meeting of the Working Group has been scheduled for April 2019.