Blocks protect beach reserve
Vehicle stops to clean up beachTERRI RUSSELL
Clusters of concrete blocks have been used to stop four-wheel-drive vehicles ploughing up the Sandy Point reserve.
Invercargill City Council parks manager Robin Pagan said the blocks prevented 4WD access in some areas, resulting in fewer vehicle tracks and less damage to the reserve.
Four-wheel-drives ploughed up the sand, doing the most harm, he said.
The blocks could be shifted to weaker areas in the dunes and it was hoped the sandhills would be rehabilitated, he said.
However, while vehicle damage was decreasing, Pagan said rubbish was still being dumped from cars, and many unregistered dogs were at the beach.
Rubbish bins were not the answer because of strong winds at the beach, he said.
However, more patrols could be made in the area to monitor unregistered dogs.
Last month, The Southland Times spoke to Invercargill man Allan McMurdo, who was frustrated with 4WD vehicles and motorbikes destroying Oreti Beach.
Meanwhile, glass littering at Fortrose beach is being investigated by the Southland District Council.
Council resource management manager Bruce Halligan said an application for resource consent for coastal protection works at Fortrose beach had been lodged with Environment Southland.
The protection works would help address the glass littering, and, if the application was successful, works would start during summer, he said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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