31 Aug 2010

Whanganui Mayor wants port closed

5:14 pm on 31 August 2010

Whanganui's mayor wants the city's port closed, possibly privatised, and turned into a marina for pleasure boats.

The Wanganui District Council has bought out the city's port company to end a long-runing legal dispute and regain control of publicly-owned former harbour board land.

Mayor Michael Laws on Tuesday announced the council will pay $2.75 million for River City Port's assets and its perpetual lease signed two decades ago.

Mr Laws says the port is not commerically viable and hopes it will be developed into a marina, perhaps by a private buyer.