This picture, taken yesterday, shows re-growth of the bamboo has already reached over two metres high. It is a only a month since the bamboo was cleared and, as the photograph shows the bamboo is already encroaching on the re-sealed footpath/bridleway. The failed project has backfired spectacularly.
Here is an extract from last month’s blog, 'Walden’s torture trail for horses'
Even if the Board has approved the bamboo stalks being painted with toxic chemical killers, the newly cleared area will still require a high level of on-going maintenance to prevent the bamboo from re-suckering. This means an increasing amount of the decreasing Auckland Transport budget will have to be spent on maintenance of this area. In turn, this means there will less money for the maintenance of Waiheke’s other footpaths and roads.
Not only has the Walden and his Board wasted $46,000 but the on-going cost is likely to be tens of thousands more.
Talking of junkets, the Board is at it again wasting Waiheke ratepayers’ money on a visit to Piha at the end of this month, where Waitakere Local Board is hosting a Green Party get together, sorry ‘workshop’, for like-minded Waiheke and Great Barrier Local Boards. This is the second of the cosy get-togethers that means a weekend away for Board members to talk about ‘shared interests’ at our, very considerable, expense. It will be followed by a reciprocal visit, again paid for by us, to Waiheke in July or August, having already had a holiday on Great Barrier last November.
It is on such necessities that the Waiheke Local Board has frittered away $4 million with no long term benefit for Waiheke residents and ratepayers. Just imagine how much more would be wasted if we gave our $25 million annual rate take to a Waiheke Unitary Council run by the same crew. It doesn’t bear thinking about.