Jetty charge changes on hold as report late

A decision on how non-recreational jetty use will be charged for on Stewart Island is going to be further put on hold.

At its meeting yesterday, the Stewart Island/Rakiura Community Board was set to discuss an amendment made to the charging method by the Southland District Council [SDC] Services and Assets Committee.

SDC failed to present the report to the board.

Community board chairman Jon Spraggon said council had not finished the report.

"Staff needed to get more figures. It will have to come up in a special meeting [at a later date]."

Last Friday, a report by policy analyst Robyn Rout was presented to the SDC committee outlining three options for a charging method — to implement a base fee amount with an additional charge based on the number of passengers, a base fee amount with an additional charge based on vessel tonnage, or to stick with the current method, which charges a licence fee of $1350 annually for each vessel.

Despite the board suggesting the first option might be appropriate three years ago, the committee made an amendment to go with a base fee amount, plus a charge for tonnage.

The decision was made subject to further consultation and feedback from the Stewart Island/Rakiura Community Board, which was meant to happen yesterday.

While no progress was made on the charging method, the board did approve unbudgeted expenditure of $18,750, excluding GST, for the surface upgrade of 120m of track between Horseshoe Bay Rd and Mill Creek.

The money, funded from the Stewart Island visitor levy on June 30, would also go towards two directional signs for the track.


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