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Wil­lowed River

One of the great­est as­sets that Cen­tral Otago has is the good for­tune to pos­sess the mighty Clutha River.

Sourced in the South­ern Alps its wa­ters are the blood of life for so many as it wan­ders its way across Otago to the sea. It uses many, abuses few. It has brought great wealth to Otago through its min­eral re­sources, ir­ri­ga­tion source, hy­dro devel­op­ment and com­mer­cial and recre­ational pur­suits. But why cover it up with Wil­low trees? Th­ese are worse than wild­ing pines. In the few ar­eas that SH 8 con­verges near the river you can only see a green hedge. Two ar­eas in par­tic­u­lar come to mind; Clyde and Alexan­dra and again be­tween Et­trick and Is­land block. There are oth­ers. Re­move the wil­lows and let us view this nat­u­ral land­scape and for once live in a world of dif­fer­ence.

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