Pests put on no­tice

Part­ner­ship strength­ens pest con­trol re­solve

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

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

Photo: DEPART­MENT OF CON­SER­VA­TION

Work­ing to­gether: Matuk­i­tuki Char­i­ta­ble Trust trustee Gil­lian Crom­bie with DOC con­ser­va­tion ser­vices man­ager Chris Syd­ney and new op­er­a­tions man­ager Paul Helle­brek­ers.

Photo: MAR­JORIE COOK/FAIR­FAX NZ

Neigh­bours: Wanaka’s Ard­more St fire sta­tion, left, is next to the town’s coun­cil of­fices, right.

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