Pests put on notice
Partnership strengthens pest control resolve
Former Department of Conservation (DOC) Wanaka area manager Paul Hellebrekers has been roped back into service on a part-time basis to monitor pests in the West Matukituki Valley.
Hellebrekers’ new contract role has been made possible through DOC’s partnership with the Matukituki Charitable Trust and the Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground (SHPG).
Hellebrekers was laid off by the department during a recent restructure.
He will spend the next two years as the trust’s operations manager, spearheading efforts to protect native species in the Mt Aspiring National Park.
SHPG chairman Tom Elworthy said he was delighted to be able to continue to support Matukituki Valley projects.
‘‘This is something we started in partnership with DOC in 2008 with a project to reintroduce the South Island robin to the valley.
‘‘This next project, to control stoats, ferrets and possum is of even more importance,’’ he said.
Trustee Gillian Crombie said Hellebrekers would co-ordinate logistics and delivery of various
Working together: Matukituki Charitable Trust trustee Gillian Crombie with DOC conservation services manager Chris Sydney and new operations manager Paul Hellebrekers.
Neighbours: Wanaka’s Ardmore St fire station, left, is next to the town’s council offices, right.