29 July 2015

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Rabbit Island reserve should be extended Simon Bloomberg Richmond councillor Judene Edgar would like to see an extension of the recreation area on Rabbit Island to reduce the conflict between recreational users and commercial forestry operations on the island. The Tasman District Council is concerned that lives are being put at risk after a series of incidents involving people entering active logging sites in its commercial forests in the last year. Council has commissioned a review of its health and safety policy in all of its forests to manage these risks but Judene says she doesn’t want that to result in “limiting recreational uses” on Rabbit Island. “I would like to see more of Rabbit Island preserved for recreational use - that’s why the community loves it,” Judene says. “We don’t love it because of its ability to take solid waste and we don’t love it because we can grow pine trees there - we love it as a recreation place and it’s very near and dear to everyone’s heart

We love it as a recreation place and it’s very near and dear to everyone’s heart for that reason. - Judene Edgar.

for that reason.” Although Judene says Rabbit Island is also a valuable commercial forest plantation and waste disposal site, she doesn’t want their operation to jeopardise recreational uses. It’s council policy to close recreational areas because of logging operations but Judene says this could be avoided by pulling back plantation boundaries from recreational walkways and cycling tracks like it has on Rough Island. “It’s surprising how many of the cycling and walking tracks go through the commercial forests so we need to find better ways of managing these resources. I know it will be a complicated process but we need to look at


Wakefield School student councillors Justin Smith and Emily Wallace with Victoria University landscape architecture tutor Jade Au Morris, left, and student Yousr Ali, during a visit to the school last Friday. Photo: Simon Bloomberg.

Wakefield gets virtual makeover

Wakefield is getting a virtual make-over from Victoria University landscape architecture students who are redesigning the town’s walkways, parks, recreation areas and urban spaces as part of

their third year studies. Twenty-six students stayed with families in Wakefield last week when they conducted their initial analysis of the town for the study. They will complete the study over

the next three months before returning to Wakefield in November to present their findings in an exhibition in the Wakefield Hall.


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