Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Whakatāne District Council are concerned about reports of a recent near miss between a boat and a swimmer at the Whakatāne boat ramp. Swimming near the Whakatāne boat ramp and wharf is not safe and should be avoided.
Bay of Plenty Harbourmaster Jon Jon Peters said that we need to make sure the Whakatāne river environment is as safe as possible for all users.
“Of course, jumping into and swimming in the Whakatāne River is a popular summer activity but it is simply not compatible with boats and water craft coming and going at the boat ramp. Whakatāne District Council has invested in a designated bombing platform and a dedicated area that is cordoned off for swimming to encourage swimming away from the boat ramp area. There is also clear signage and at peak times we try to ensure someone is at the ramp letting people know the rules,” Mr Peters said.
Safer swimming options for these areas will be further investigated this year with valued input from the community and hapū.
To find the best places to swim this summer including the latest water quality information please visit the LAWA ‘Can I Swim Here’ website.