Mudlarks reach milestone



Last Thursday, the Mudlarks reached a milestone in their mangrove clearing efforts. They finished the cutting of mangroves on West side of Waiuku Estuary

Tony Ogilvie

Mudlarks Chairman, Ian Scobie, is delighted with the progress that has been made. “We have reached this long hoped for milestone and I am delighted, moreover we have managed to do this work on time, in accord with Council’s staging plan that was made using our estimates.”
This completes Stage 1A of the new 75ha, 30 year consent that was granted earlier this year.

Work for Stage 1A, which is nearly two hectares in size, started June this year, and was scheduled to be completed by end of October.
This means there are no mangroves now, from behind the Fire Station, right down to Sandspit.
“There is now an incredible clear view now of the sandspit yachting area. It is much wider and quite spectacular,” says Ken Letcher, an active Mudlark and resident of Meachen Terrace.
There are many bundles of mangroves ready for Mudlarks to transport up to Waiuku wharf, and it is anticipated this will be completed over the next week, hopefully by Friday, October 30. The team then hope to commence work on Stage 1B, on the East side of Estuary.



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