Driftwood solution

Last updated 09:50 12/02/2013

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The short sharp storm last week has again produced a dilemma for the city council. Should the Petone Beach driftwood be cleared for people who want to walk and sunbathe or should it be allowed to disintegrate, be buried by blowing sand and provide shelter for the critters that want to use it as home?

There is no easy, cheap solution but letting nature do its thing may be the best.

However, as it all came down the river and would have only had at most a few hours in the harbour before the southerly washed it ashore it should not be too salty to be used as firewood, especially if allowed to be rain- washed for a day or two. So the council's problem would be alleviated if as many people as possible remove driftwood, especially the larger bits which won't be easily buried or disintegrate naturally.

Possibly only a few access points to the water's edge would then need to be machine-cleared.

Graeme Lyon


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