Abuse of Makorori Beach

LETTER

Congratulations to your photographer on the fantastic photo on the front page of Monday’s Herald. However, in my mind it does raise (again) the question of the damage motorcycle racing does in this environment.

While I can appreciate that it is probably a lot of fun for those who engage in such activities on the beach, they must be doing damage to the inter-tidal zone and any marine life trying to survive there. This can only be described as crass in terms of any environmental measures, whether it be damage to the beach environment, incursion of petrochemicals into that environment, noise pollution, or simply unnecessary wastage of fuel (a finite resource) and generation of greenhouse gasses. Admittedly it is just an extension of other vehicular use of our pristine beaches that occurs — and more so over the summer holiday season — but is it time that our council initiates further community discussion and possibly a re-think of what is deemed as “acceptable vehicular activities” on areas of our coastline?

Mike Costello

Congratulations to your photographer on the fantastic photo on the front page of Monday’s Herald. However, in my mind it does raise (again) the question of the damage motorcycle racing does in this environment.

While I can appreciate that it is probably a lot of fun for those who engage in such activities on the beach, they must be doing damage to the inter-tidal zone and any marine life trying to survive there. This can only be described as crass in terms of any environmental measures, whether it be damage to the beach environment, incursion of petrochemicals into that environment, noise pollution, or simply unnecessary wastage of fuel (a finite resource) and generation of greenhouse gasses. Admittedly it is just an extension of other vehicular use of our pristine beaches that occurs — and more so over the summer holiday season — but is it time that our council initiates further community discussion and possibly a re-think of what is deemed as “acceptable vehicular activities” on areas of our coastline?

Mike Costello

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