Reserves management plan adopted

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The first-ever Waitaki Reserves Management Plan was adopted by the Waitaki District Council on Wednesday.

Recreation manager Erik can der Spek said he was pleased with the outcome.

“We had strong support for the aviaries at the Oamaru Public Gardens and Cape Wanbrow, a popular recreation area in Oamaru which has recently been harvested in pine trees and will be replanted, partly in forestry and partly in native plants,” Mr van der Spek said.

He said further work would also be done in Moeraki, with 80 per cent of the plantation to be replanted in forestry.

“The remaining land will be set aside to be planted in native plants.

“This will be done by local residents and will provide screening and will protect fragile land.”

Councillor Kathy Dennison said on Wednesday that profits of $70,000 from harvesting the Moeraki Plantation should go toward replanting those areas.

When opening discussion on the WRM plan, Community Services Group manager Thunes Cloete said the concept plan was a ’30, 40, 50 year plan’ and planting would occur as council and the community could afford to do it.

Councillors debated how much detail to include regarding proportionality in species planting and elected to add a further recommendation regarding the concept plan, that it be adopted as an initial draft with more public consultation to follow.

Mowing at Awamoa West is going to increase and council will trial growing wildflowers at the dog park under the trees at Awamoa East.

By LINDA MCCARTHY