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Thursday 23 November, 2017
of the newly developed Lakes Camp and Clearwater Landscape Management Plan is
another step further along, following the adoption of the Terms of Reference
for a recently established working group.
District Council’s Lakes Camp and Clearwater Landscape Working Group will meet
at least three times a year to set priorities for the Management Plan, as well
as approve detailed work plans to establish estimated expenses.
of the Working Group, Councillors Mark Malcolm (Chair), Liz McMillan and Selwyn
Price will work with the Ashburton Biodiversity Working Group, Department of
Conservation, Iwi and the Lake Clearwater Hutholders Association to implement
Open Spaces Planner Bert Hofmans says the Landscape Management Plan aims to
preserve the natural landscape of the area around the two lakes, while also
providing shelter and shade for visitors.
plan was developed with community input to ensure a range of concerns were
heard and that the best course of action was established.
of its main priorities is the control of wilding conifers, which are a big
threat to the areas’ biodiversity, and also restoring existing native high
country vegetation. The Ashburton Lakes are a popular site for a variety of
recreational activities and they offer spectacular natural qualities that
should be protected for generations to come. That is what makes this Landscape
Management Plan so important.”
established a working group to oversee the implementation of the plan at its
last Service Delivery Committee meeting in October. The purpose and scope of
the group, as well as the identification of key stakeholders was adopted by the
of wilding conifer trees have already been cut down around Lake Camp, and the
logs will be used to border the proposed new planting areas detailed in the
Lakes Camp and Clearwater Landscape Management Plan was developed in September
2017 by Ines Stager of Lucas Associates Geraldine Ltd., and is set to be
implemented over a 10 year period.