Boating Bylaw for the Bay delayed
Thursday, 25 August 2016 11:26 a.m.
The new boating Bylaw for Bay of Plenty will now be introduced in 2017 instead of October 2016 as originally planned. General Manager of Regulatory Services, Eddie Grogan says it was always our preference to have the new Bylaw operative ahead of the 2016 summer season however it’s more important that we get the best Bylaw we can for our community.
“Council have opted for an approach that works for our maritime community and that’s to remove confusion as we head into the summer season. This means the existing Bylaw will stay in place for the 2016/17 summer and the new Bylaw will become operative for the 2017/18 season” says Eddie.
Independent Commissioners are currently working their way through the 218 submissions received and have asked for further information on some of the submissions. While it was hoped the Commissioners recommendations would be presented at the Council meeting in August, there is a large amount of information to process before this can occur therefore Council will advise new timings once they are confirmed.
“It’s important we take the time to process the information and that that we don’t introduce new rules part way through the boating season”, Eddie says.
For information on the Review of the Navigation Safety Bylaw review please visit www.boprc.govt.nz/navbylaw or call Shawn Baker on 0800 884 880.