Cape Wanbrow now open to the public

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Harvesting of the remainder of wind damaged trees on Cape Wanbrow has been completed and the reserve is once again open for public recreational use.

“Despite two days of strong winds hampering operations, the logging contractor has performed very well in ensuring a quick and efficient harvest of the remaining gully trees,” said parks officer Mike Kwant.

Firewood permits to collect free firewood at Cape Wanbrow will once again be available. Permits will be issued starting on Monday, September 1.

“The ability to gather free firewood on the cape proved very popular with Waitaki residents so we are pleased to make a second offer,” Mr Kwant said.

The conditions relating to firewood gathering remain unchanged from the previous period of firewood permits. People wishing to apply for a permit can complete an application at the council office in Thames Street, Oamaru.

“We appreciate the cooperation and patience of the community during the closure of the cape while the harvesting was undertaken.”

The redevelopment of Cape Wanbrow will be discussed at next week’s meeting of the Waitaki District Council. WDC recreation manager, Eric van der Spek said councillors have had a chance to consider submissions on the Draft Waitaki Reserves Management Plan 2014 and will be discussing final plans for the management of the cape.

PHOTO: LINDA MCCARTHY

WORK TO BE DONE: Andrew Milne, president of Mountainbiking North Otago, said the group would be getting a digger in to help restore and create mountain bike tracks now that Cape Wanbrow has reopened to the public.