I have been misquoted in my comments about how the 18-hole options for Chamberlain Park (Central Leader, April 29) are very different from the existing course. My reference to buffers was about the need for safety buffers between golf and any other activities at the park.
As Mr Quince says there could be ‘‘real health and safety issues’’ mixing golf with other activities. At present all 33.91 hectares are used exclusively for an 18-hole golf course. To safely fit any other activity into this park requires a reduction in the land devoted to golf.
Option 1 reduces the existing 18-hole golf course to 30.13 hectares (89 per cent of the park) to free up 3.78 hectares for new passive activities.
Option 2 has an even tighter 18-hole golf course on 23.44 hectares (69 per cent of the park) plus new golf facilities such as a driving range, practice area, etc.
Option 3 has the same golf course as Option 2 but with playing fields instead of the driving range.
Option 4 is for a generously spaced 9-hole course on 16.75 hectares plus all the other golfing facilities and playing fields. I urge readers to carefully consider these alternatives.
I appeal to everyone to walk around their property, their rented properties, their gardens and check that fences, hedges, trees, flower beds, garden waste and tangles of weeds are free of moth plant, because it can be – as another of its names implies – a cruel plant. I have observed moth plant (kapok pod plant) on boundaries and properties in St Lukes, Pt Chevalier, Westmere, Herne Bay, Ponsonby, the Viaduct, the Newmarket – Epsom area and Mt Eden.
From experience, I know that one plant can seed a whole section of a street of near neighbouring and next door properties. I have witnessed that if nothing is done to remove this very vital and viable pest plant, that it escalates and spreads its abundant seed with more properties hosting this pest plant each year.
It is a threat to the whole community and of great concern is the protection of parks and reserves of native bush. It smothers and can kill trees and needs a keen eye to trace its winding vine stems to the root site under hedges, boundary fencing and both tidy and unkempt gardens. Everyone needs to inform themselves of this plant and to take responsibility for removing it from their properties.