State of walkway still embarrassing
DESPITE recent work in the area, the condition of the grasses and plants around Oneroa walkway running from Waikanae to Midway continues to be an embarrassment, the District Council’s environmental planning and regulations committee was told. Raising the issue for the second meeting in succession, Andy Cranston said the minutes of the previous meeting said the walkway would be looked at as a sight-led area for progress and what was being sprayed.
Could be something special: CranstonHe had been to the area and did not agree with what was being done. They were just taking the tops off the weeds and leaving the roots. They were just mowing the area. He wanted what had to be done there emphasised more strongly. It was an asset of the region and with dune control could be made into something special. At the moment it was an embarrassment.
Acting environmental and regulatory services manager Lois Easton said site-specific projects were envisaged in a new weeds and pest management plan that had not yet been approved. In the meantime, they could continue to work with the parks and gardens staff to see what could be done. Because it was so dry, there had been a lot of deaths of plantings this summer including conservation plants.
Needs a programme of dune care: DunnAmber Dunn said this was not really a place for band-aid solutions. What was needed was a programme of dune care for the whole asset that ran along the Oneroa Walkway.
“It is a stunning piece of our coastline and it would be really cool if we could start talking about caring for our dunes rather than just weeds and pest management,” she said.
Malcolm MacLean said from Roberts Road to the Midway Surf Lifesaving Club the grass had not been thinned out. Fortunately, it had rained on the day of the meeting but before that if somebody had thrown a cigarette or a match into it, it would have caught fire.
Josh Wharehinga said he and the community felt strongly about this “amazing part of our coastline.”
Practical perspective: SeymourCommittee chairwoman Pat Seymour said this had been touched on at the community development meeting earlier in the day, which looked at it from a more practical perspective.
Around the barbecues by Beacon Street car park the two cabbage trees had died, and the small gardens had been walked over. It did not seem sensible to put plants where one expected families and children to mingle.
“Why don’t we look at what is actually practical, then give, as councillor Amber Dunn said, more appropriate attention to the maintenance of the dunes. The spinifex was growing quite well but the pingao looked dead. You don’t find cabbage trees growing naturally on the beach front.”
A lot more attention needed to be given to what was a very popular public area.