Many cul­prits be­hind To­laga Bay dis­as­ter

Weekend Herald - - Viewpoints - Kevin Ed­wards, Whi­tianga

What an ab­so­lute shame­ful dis­as­ter hit To­laga Bay last week­end. Anger and dis­be­lief was di­rected at the log­gers but lo­cal body staff and farm­ers must share re­spon­si­bil­ity for the may­hem.

I can­not imag­ine the log­gers of­fer­ing to pay for the clean-up and re­builds re­quired even though their meth­ods and at­ti­tude have been at the crux of this mess.

Cer­tainly the ex­traor­di­nary rain­fall in the area was the cat­a­lyst but the log­gers’ lack of fore­sight and con­science ex­ac­er­bated a nat­u­ral prob­lem.

Mag­nif­i­cent coast­lines with their pris­tine wa­ters, so pop­u­lar with tourists and the rea­son for the ex­is­tence of many coastal town economies, are slowly be­ing sti­fled by the muck flow­ing in. The of­fi­cial name for this muck is sed­i­ment but it is a re­sult of peo­ple mak­ing their liv­ing from the land.

These peo­ple need to develop a re­spon­si­ble at­ti­tude, oth­er­wise coastal re­sorts will lose their pris­tine at­trac­tion (al­ready a con­cern in Mer­cury Bay).

The Gov­ern­ment’s tree plant­ing scheme will re­quire care­ful plan­ning.

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