Steep St taken un­der coun­cil wing

Clutha Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MARY-JO TOHILL

Lawrence’s ‘‘iconic’’ Steep St Do­main could end up be­ing main­tained by the Clutha District Coun­cil.

At its re­cent meet­ing, the Lawrence Tuapeka Com­mu­nity Board dis­cussed the dra­matic stand of trees off Gabriel’s Gully Rd that had be­come one of the of­ten-used images of Lawrence.

It was cleared of black­berry bram­bles last year, in a project led by Steven Robert­son, who de­vel­oped the Bel­lview Wet­lands Re­serve south on State High­way 8.

It was de­cided that the Clutha District Coun­cil would in­ves­ti­gate en­com­pass­ing the whole do­main into a re­serve man­age­ment plan and the long term plan so pro­vi­sion could be made for its main­te­nance un­der the guid­ance of a pro­fes­sional ar­borist.

It was ini­tially un­clear what role the coun­cil could take in fu­ture main­te­nance, be­cause most of the hillside came un­der DOC con­trol.

How­ever, af­ter the meet­ing Clutha District Coun­cil ser­vice delivery group man­ager Jules Witt said the do­main was gazetted re­serve and that DOC had ear­marked the do­main for the coun­cil’s con­trol and man­age­ment in the fu­ture.

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Lawrence is ready to do bat­tle to keep its ex­ist­ing health ser­vices.

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