BLUE SPRING ISSUES COMPLEX
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.