Public parks across Waitaki could be made smoke-free, if a
new parks and reserves management plan for the district is
Whether smoking should be allowed in the district's public
spaces is one of the questions the Waitaki District Council
will put to the public, as it finalises a district-wide parks
and reserves draft management plan.
Council recreation manager Erik van der Spek said the draft
plan would help determine the desired mix of values and uses
for the district's council-managed parks and reserves.
The management plan would also provide uniform policies and
rules for the day-to-day management of parks and reserves,
and provide concept plans for future development, Mr van der
The council now sought public feedback on a range of specific
questions, he said"We want to know what people think about
issues like whether or not our parks and reserves should be
smoke-free, whether cycling should be allowed in the Oamaru
Public Gardens, whether there should be commercial activities
allowed [such as cafes] in parks and reserves, where a dog
exercise park could be located and what the future of the
gardens' aviary should be."
He said feedback could be given by completing an online
questionnaire, or by completing a printed copy which is
available on the council's website or from council services
Public drop-in sessions in Hampden, Kurow and Oamaru would
also provide an opportunity for people to learn about the
Public submissions would close on November 30, and the draft
plan would go out for public consultation in February.