Feedback from our recent consultation event has been very positive, with a lot of people wanting to get stuck in. Thank you!
A number of people from Port Chalmers and Sawyers Bay have expressed interest in this project and wanting to be a part of the more intensive management that is to occur within the inner halo area. Previously the inner halo came down to around Scott's memorial, but excluded Port Chalmers and Sawyers Bay.
Having Port Chalmers in the Inner Halo makes sense from a pest management and ecological sense, providing a greater buffer to Orokonui ecosanctuary and firmly creating an isolated "neck" out towards Heywards Point. In due course this area can also be intensively controlled.
Of equal importance, it will be great to have the enthusiasm and participation of the Port and Sawyers Bay communities. Collectively, we can hope to expand biodiversity values into everyone's backyards....and increase the yields of our apple trees!
For those out of the Inner Halo area, we are very keen to work with willing land /home owners - particularly if they are a part ofa contiguous cluster. In these instances we will look to work with each community cluster to develop an appropriately scaled Pest Plan, and then resource / implement accordingly. Let me know if you are keen!