Cham­ber­lain Park

Central Leader - - OPINION -

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.

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