8 Mar 2013

Monitoring 'alleviates' speed boat fears on lake

8:11 pm on 8 March 2013

Fears for public safety at a Rotorua lake used by speed boats have eased, thanks to monitoring by a new committee.

It was set up after a ramp at Lake Rotoiti's Okawa Bay was unlocked to the public, after Ngati Pikiao Environmental Society put pressure on the council and some other groups.

The committee includes representatives from the Rotorua District Council, the Bay of Plenty Trailer Yacht Squadron and Ngati Pikiao.

The council's chief executive, Peter Guerin, says monitoring by the groups has shown good results, with few traffic problems on the lake.

And he says the monitoring has eased fears for public safety.

The committee is operating on an informal basis.