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