War­dens get new beach­buggy

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENVIRONMENT - JOAN LECKIE, MANAWATU ES­TU­ARY TRUST

Front-line guardians of an im­por­tant piece of lo­cal coast­line are set to pro­vide beach-go­ers with an im­proved ser­vice this sum­mer.

Now wth a fit­ted-out Suzuki Jimny 4WD ve­hi­cle, Fox­ton Beach war­dens will be able to pa­trol much more of the beach and es­tu­ary.

The vol­un­tary war­dens op­er­ate in close co-op­er­a­tion with lo­cal po­lice and the com­mu­nity to en­hance both the safety of the en­vi­ron­ment and the en­joy­ment fac­tor for visi­tors.

Ser­vices in­clude first aid, con­trol of speed­ing ve­hi­cles, as­sis­tance for peo­ple on the beach, and gen­eral ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion about the wider en­vi­ron­ment.

The war­dens work closely with the Manawatu Es­tu­ary Trust (MET) who pur­chased the ve­hi­cle, thanks to the East­ern & Cen­tral Com­mu­nity Trust and the Horowhenua Dis­trict Coun­cil, which is also pro­vid­ing an al­low- ance for op­er­at­ing costs.

The Trust’s ob­jec­tives are to care for the spe­cial es­tu­ar­ine en­vi­ron­ment and the nat­u­ral fea­tures which give it in­ter­na­tional sig­nif­i­cance. One of New Zealand’s six Ram­sar sites, the es­tu­ary is the sum­mer home to a wide va­ri­ety of mi­gra­tory and threat­ened bird species. Any­one in­ter­est­ing in help­ing out, es­pe­cially over the hol­i­days, should text Ross 021 247 7338.

PHOTO: HOROWHENUA DIS­TRICT COUN­CIL/SUP­PLIED

Fox­ton Beach war­dens now have a pur­pose equipped 4WD ve­hi­cle for pa­trolling Fox­ton Beach and the Manawatu Es­tu­ary.

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