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Safety focus . . . Changes to the navigation safety bylaw are aimed at making Lake Tekapo safer for users. PHOTO: COURIER FILES

Measures to make it safer for boat users, swimmers and others at Lake Tekapo will be trialled this summer.

The Canterbury Regional Harbourmaster’s Office, after consultation with user groups and the local community board, have made some changes to the navigation safety bylaw 2016 for the lake.

“During the past few years, the use of powered and non-powered vessels on Lake Tekapo has increased and as a result of this, the Harbourmaster’s Office has reviewed the bylaw to ensure it reflects the actual use of the lake, making it a safer place for all users,” an Environment Canterbury spokesperson said.

Under the changes, an area for paddleboards on the shoreline extending east from the boat ramp has been increased to allow safer use.

Three new access lanes have been created at The Willows, Deep Beach and The Clay Cliffs to allow vessels to safely navigate to and from the beach when towing.

The speed uplifted zone on the main Tekapo beach has been extended to the intake, but not including the intake, and reduced at the south east end of the beach to allow for non-powered vessels and swimmers.

The changes will be trialled for up to two years and will then be reviewed.