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Group to give input into ferry access in Lyttelton


Date: 15 July 2008
Media release
Advisory group to give input into issues of ferry access in Lyttelton

A Community Advisory Group (CAG) has been set up to allow community
input into the issue of ferry access in Lyttelton.

The Lyttelton/Mount Herbert Community Board today considered a list of
volunteers and nominees collected at two public forums and via email
submissions in March and April this year. Other members of the group
will represent commercial interests and individuals in the community,
with local elected representatives invited to attend meetings.

The issue of ferry access at Lyttelton is being assessed by a Technical
Working Group (TWG) representing ECan, LPC and Christchurch City
Council. These three organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) in November 2007 to enable consideration of this issue from all
angles.

The CAG will give input, opinion and expertise in assessing the merits
(or otherwise) of relocation and/or redevelopment of the facilities for
ferry and charter boat operations within the port. This includes
consideration of berthing, car parking, public conveniences, bus,
pedestrian and pedal cycle connection, security, safety and access to
the town centre.

The CAG will not, however, have decision-making capabilities. It will
provide the link between the TWG and community and interest groups and
actively seek input reflecting the diverse opinions of these groups.

The Board agreed that an independent facilitator should be appointed to
chair meetings which will be held at Lyttelton and/or Diamond Harbour.

Timeframe
* The group will be established by July 31 2008.
* Project investigation period complete by: December 31 2008
* Project implementation period: January 01 - October 31 the time
is extended by the MOU Technical Group.

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