OKRA Chairman's Blog – March/April 2019

Greetings to you all

It has been an “interesting” introduction to the role of Chairman of our Ratepayer’s Association! We have had a couple of meetings with TDC staff to discuss the long list of projects that we have identified to work with them on.

 

Erosion on our Beaches

Probably the most important item concerns the erosion

occurring on our beaches at both Kuratau and Omori.

The Taupo District Council and Waikato Regional

Council are cost sharing on this project and you may

well have seen the first stage of a trial revetment

(pictured) being built close to the pedestrian entry to

the Kuratau River mouth. Work is progressing on initial

design and consents for new work further along

Kuratau beach with installation planned for 2020.

 

Installation of Rubbish Bins

We are also in discussion with TDC about the

installation of rubbish bins and expect to continue

these at our next committee meeting at the end of

March.

 

Look Out For

•   Look for a “new look” dog litter bin that will shortly

    be installed in the dog exercise area, probably north of the Kuratau jetty.

•   And look out for two escaped weeds that have established themselves in Omori and  Kuratau –  Tutu and

    Cotoneaster. “Tut” or tutu is, a plant that farmers in particular will be familiar with as it is poisonous to animals but

    can also be dangerous to humans. Cotoneaster is very well established in our area – some homes even have

    ‘hedges’ of this weed tree. Cotoneaster overtops and replaces shrub species and becomes the sole understorey

    or terminal shrub species. It completely prevents the establishment of all other species except weedy vines.

    Visit the following websites for more information and to find out how to control these weeds.

 

 https://www.weedbusters.org.nz/weed-information/weed-list/cotoneaster/pdf

 http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/plants-toxic-if-eaten-by-man.html

 

•   Also visit the 'Enjoying Our Area' of this website for more information and control measures of these highly

    undesirable plants!

 

In the meantime enjoy the last of the summer weather as it is officially Autumn already! We all look forward to seeing you here over Easter!

 

Cheers

 

Peter Britnell, Chairman, OKRA.

Ph: 021 656 798

 

 

 

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