South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - Jack Groos John .C. Sim­cock, Toko­roa

Pro­mot­ing of the Blue Springs in ev­ery pe­ri­od­i­cal lead to head­lines in the news­pa­per of toi­let queues and park­ing prob­lems.and degra­da­tion of the aquatic scene.

The is­sues are com­plex given as an ex­pla­na­tion and in­volve bal­anc­ing the need the pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment.

$155 000 [a con­trac­tor’s quote] was al­lo­cated to­wards im­prove­ments to the walk­way out of the $5 mil­lion fund by the mayor and coun­cil­lors.

But staff de­cided to keep it in house.

In this year’s sub­mis­sions Parks and Re­serve were quoted not to be equipped and not ca­pa­ble to do this.

A re­sponse on a 2014 sub­mis­sion was; ‘‘staff is work­ing on an op­tion to pre­vent fur­ther ero­sion near the Blue Springs and will be erad­i­cat­ing pest plants from the route over the next few months and once un­der con­trol will con­tinue to main­tain the route’’ .

Turned out; Just a pro­pa­ganda let­ter from City Hall ex­cept for over spray­ing in killing stands of de­sir­able trees that has taken place and the pest plants grow­ing on very mer­rily.

We have an­other spare time es­cape from the hot sun with Jim Bar­nett’s Re­serve a low­land na­tive for­est with mag­nif­i­cent big trees gifted to the Coun­cil and main­tained by vol­un­teers and cor­rec­tion Depart­ment Com­mu­nity work­ers .

We had been fi­nanced by Con­ser­va­tion funds for $35,000 of which $16,000 was from out­side the District.

Lob­bied for 12 months to get Bar­nett’s Web­site up­dated from 2 tracks no toi­lets or pic­nic seat­ing and that hap­pened only 11 months ago.

It has not been ad­ver­tised in the Waikato and Sur­rounds Vis­i­tors is­sues in 2012.

To­tally left off the SWDC camp­ing brochure.

It took 22 months to pro­duce an in­fe­rior and in­com­plete Bar­nett’s brochure.

How­ever, 7 com­plete track map signs with ‘‘You are here’’ – 2 for the In­for­ma­tion cen­tres and 27 track signs to match the other 27 signs in place is ready for print­ing for the last 5 months wait­ing for ap­proval.

This made pos­si­ble by Pu­taruru Walk­ing Group and F&B Waikato Branch.

One gets the feel­ing that coun­cil un­der­mines the ef­forts of the vol­un­teers. others to bother and cause havoc with na­tive birds and bees, and at this time the killing is not dif­fi­cult.

A good turn for our so­ci­ety and avoid­able pain for many.

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