Fire risk?

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The Ti­tahi Bay Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion is un­happy that a live­stock graz­ing con­tract in Whi­tireia Park is be­ing ter­mi­nated.

Its chair­man, Graeme Eb­bett, said the as­so­ci­a­tion had just got over one hur­dle – ob­tain­ing tighter con­trols on aerial spray­ing of gorse in the park – and now an­other had been dis­cov­ered.

‘‘Re­moval of the live­stock graz­ing ser­vice will leave long, dry grass and an in­creased fire risk. Have these peo­ple learnt noth­ing from the lifethreat­en­ing ar­son in Fe­bru­ary which was started in the grass?’’

A let­ter from Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion area man­ager Colin Giddy gave farmer Al­lan Al­loway un­til De­cem­ber 20 to re­move the stock. It said Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil, set to take over man­age­ment of the park in early 2011, did not re­quire Mr Giddy’s stock.

Mr Eb­bett said the de­ci­sion was based on a Greater Welling­ton Sus­tain­able Land Use Plan draft, which was un­fin­ished, had not gone out for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, and had not been be­fore the park board.

‘‘This is not only about fire. Loss of the graz­ing ser­vice means loss of the lo­cal stockman who does the daily on-site park man­age­ment, clear­ing of rub­bish and mon­i­tor­ing of the van­dal­ism and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.’’

‘‘We have asked DOC to re­view their de­ci­sion and main­tain the sta­tus quo while a proper man­age­ment plan is es­tab­lished and fu­ture gov­er­nance of the park is re­solved.’’

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