Many culprits behind Tolaga Bay disaster
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.