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.’’