Eroding positive attributes

LETTER

Re: From a forest owner’s point of view, Nov 29 column.

I would like to give an opinion from an overseas person who moved to Gisborne some 10 years ago.

Gisborne has attracted a good portion of its population from other parts of New Zealand and from overseas by offering what other places can’t; a great lifestyle.

Whether it’s the climate, the beaches, the laid-back vibe or whatever else Gisborne offers, we have all chosen to live here for good reason.

We all recognise that driving through “the Gorge” every time you want to leave, although beautiful, is a pain — especially when the kids are being car sick! But we all think it’s worth it.

Now, this is my concern — sooner or later it might not be worth it, because forestry as a large-scale heavy industry is slowly eroding those positive attributes we all love about Gisborne.

As outlined in the recent article about the much-needed roundabout, some 120,000 logging trucks pass through our city every year — that’s an average of 385 trucks per day!

Then there are the log yards that occupy prime real estate at our harbour.

Look at how building a simple walkway has positively transformed the city beaches (even though we have to clean up the forestry mess every year). What a shame we can not connect this right around our harbour to Kaiti Beach.

Yes, the “Wall of Wood” really is just that — a wall right through our beautiful city!

Peter Daniels

Re: From a forest owner’s point of view, Nov 29 column.

I would like to give an opinion from an overseas person who moved to Gisborne some 10 years ago.

Gisborne has attracted a good portion of its population from other parts of New Zealand and from overseas by offering what other places can’t; a great lifestyle.

Whether it’s the climate, the beaches, the laid-back vibe or whatever else Gisborne offers, we have all chosen to live here for good reason.

We all recognise that driving through “the Gorge” every time you want to leave, although beautiful, is a pain — especially when the kids are being car sick! But we all think it’s worth it.

Now, this is my concern — sooner or later it might not be worth it, because forestry as a large-scale heavy industry is slowly eroding those positive attributes we all love about Gisborne.

As outlined in the recent article about the much-needed roundabout, some 120,000 logging trucks pass through our city every year — that’s an average of 385 trucks per day!

Then there are the log yards that occupy prime real estate at our harbour.

Look at how building a simple walkway has positively transformed the city beaches (even though we have to clean up the forestry mess every year). What a shame we can not connect this right around our harbour to Kaiti Beach.

Yes, the “Wall of Wood” really is just that — a wall right through our beautiful city!

Peter Daniels

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