Rangers want 4WDS kept out

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A ‘‘strong gate’’ and bol­lards to keep 4WD ve­hi­cles out of the Onepoto arm of Whi­tireia Park have been sug­gested by the re­gional coun­cil, with Porirua City Coun­cil ex­pected to shoul­der the cost.

Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil, which ad­min­is­ters the park, has asked for a gate and bol­lards just past the Onepoto boat­sheds, to try to put a halt to the dam­age to wet­lands and sand dunes, the dump­ing of rub­bish and help stop other an­ti­so­cial ac­tiv­ity. Greater Welling­ton ranger Wayne Boness made the re­quest as part of PCC’S long term plan hear­ings last week.

‘‘We’re do­ing a lot of plant­ing in the burn area (where a fire dev­as­tated a sec­tion of the park in 2010) but peo­ple and ve­hi­cles are be­ing a nui­sance. We are not seek­ing to close that road but re­strict ac­cess, peo­ple go there af­ter dark and rip up the grass and do other things there that is hurt­ing the birdlife and gen­eral ecol­ogy.’’

GWRC is also ask­ing that the re­fur­bished toi­let block be cleaned by PCC, at a cost of $7000 a year, which would ‘‘free up time and fund­ing for other work’’, in­clud­ing the reveg­e­ta­tion of the area.

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