Track upgrades, hygiene stations and fences are helping in Rodney’s battle against kauri dieback.
Several park tracks have re-opened, upgrade work on others is underway, with still more scheduled for next year.
Eleven parks have had work carried out, Currys Bush Reserve reopening last year, Kowhai Park and Omeru Scenic Reserve upgraded, and fences protecting vulnerable kauri added at Lucy Moore Park, Mahurangi Esplanade, Martins Bay Recreation Reserve and Sesquicentennial Walkway.
Rodney Local Board Deputy Chair Beth Houlbrooke hopes people see steady progress being made.
“We know how important access to these tracks is, and we appreciate people’s patience as supply chain and resourcing issues hit our upgrades.
“Having access to safe tracks reduces the risk of spreading kauri dieback, which is critical to protecting kauri ecosystems for future generations.”
Mitigation work schedule for 2022/23
- Omeru Scenic Reserve hygiene stations - May
- Green Road, Dairy Flat stock-proof fencing around kauri - September
- Parry Kauri Park western loop track upgrade - December
- Kowhai Park upper track upgrade and boardwalks - early 2023
- Matheson Bay Reserve track upgrade and boardwalks - early 2023
- Morison Scenic Reserve track closed, fencing and signage - early 2023
- Sesquicentennial Walkway upgrade - early 2023.
The works are funded from the Natural Environment Targeted Rate, which ringfences money over 10 years to combat kauri dieback. Rodney tracks are among dozens across Auckland undergoing improvements.
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