Oneroa Walkway weed growth ‘disgusting’

Infestation of weeds 'not right' according to Cr Cranston

Infestation of weeds 'not right' according to Cr Cranston

Weed growth on the sand dunes alongside the new Oneroa Walkway on the Waikanae foreshore is terrible, says Gisbone district councillor Andy Cranston. His comment came at the first meeting of the environmental planning and regulations committee for the new triennium.

Mr Cranston said he had raised the condition of the walkway at two committee meetings last year and was horrified on Sunday to see it had gone backwards.

“It is absolutely disgusting,” he said, referring to the quantity of weeds there.

Probably the most horrific thing was that there had been public plantings on the dunes that were now infested by masses of weeds and were being choked out — “It is just not right.”

He had been told there was a maintenance spray programme but they had sprayed the sand ladders and that must have been done on a windy day, because they had killed half of one of the plantations with overspray. The council needed to have a cyclic programme for spraying.

“I see this as a prime site that we can actually get right by good management. What can happen down there is awesome. At the moment it is disgusting.”

He had seen what had been done in Timaru with the boardwalk there and was encouraged to see what could be done here.

While the matter was not on the committee’s agenda, he had raised it to give it a “bit more oomph, a bit more grunt.”

Weed growth on the sand dunes alongside the new Oneroa Walkway on the Waikanae foreshore is terrible, says Gisbone district councillor Andy Cranston. His comment came at the first meeting of the environmental planning and regulations committee for the new triennium.

Mr Cranston said he had raised the condition of the walkway at two committee meetings last year and was horrified on Sunday to see it had gone backwards.

“It is absolutely disgusting,” he said, referring to the quantity of weeds there.

Probably the most horrific thing was that there had been public plantings on the dunes that were now infested by masses of weeds and were being choked out — “It is just not right.”

He had been told there was a maintenance spray programme but they had sprayed the sand ladders and that must have been done on a windy day, because they had killed half of one of the plantations with overspray. The council needed to have a cyclic programme for spraying.

“I see this as a prime site that we can actually get right by good management. What can happen down there is awesome. At the moment it is disgusting.”

He had seen what had been done in Timaru with the boardwalk there and was encouraged to see what could be done here.

While the matter was not on the committee’s agenda, he had raised it to give it a “bit more oomph, a bit more grunt.”

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