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Friends of the Crapp Reserve

Once again further slips have occurred on the banks, and more trees have fallen towards or into the sea. I guess this will be a continuing problem with the soft geology of the soil coupled with heavy rain so continuing discussions with Council will be necessary but know they are loathe to do much unless there is a risk to private property.

We continue to weed and tidy up some of the areas up the track from the slip on occasions and remove wind fallen branches after bad weather.

The most exciting thing is that the Anzac group are well advanced in having a memorial erected in the reserve in the vicinity of where a temporary cairn was placed for our Anzac dawn services during the last three years. The project has the blessing of DOC, Tangata Whenua and Council. Quotes have been obtained and cost is estimated to get up towards $15K. The group has been busy raising funds and applying for grants to obtain the money required. It is hoped the memorial will be completed before Christmas and all ready well before Anzac 2018.

Don Cameron

Further weeding around the Coprosma & Hebes has been undertaken in the school holidays just to keep these areas reasonably tidy without taking away the reserve look on the path up from the slip. Now that winter is slowly ending a further working bee will be held in the forthcoming school holidays.

The idea to construct some seats by the Gellibrand carving from the slabs taken off the felled eucalyptus tree is proving difficult due to the hardness of the timber and the demise of Murray Crapp but the idea is still a worthy one worth pursuing.

Peter Passfield’s voluntary assistance to maintain the Gellibrand statue and prevent moisture deteriorating the yacht inside the Perspex cover is greatly appreciated. He is also looking after the lizard at the Omokoroa entrance off SH2. Thank you Peter.

Rabbits and Opposums continue to be a problem in the reserve at times but regular controlled shoots under the guidance of Council keeps the numbers down.

The Dawn service on Anzac Day was again a great success, attended by some 300 people. The work by the anzac committee and the scouts was greatly appreciated. A temporary cairn was erected but plans for a permanent structure for future years is being progressed with Council and it is hoped this will be completed for the 2017 event.

In recent weeks arborists have tidied up and opened up the area near the Gellibrand statue by selective pruning. They have also removed dangerous branches off some of the older trees on the Western side of the reserve.

Once again I wish to thank the volunteers that have assisted at working bees and the support of the Western Bay District Council to improve the reserve and make it a valuable asset to locals and visitors.

Don Cameron