Bay Harbour: May 15, 2019

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Wednesday May 15 2019

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Call for better protection of birds

Fire rages, homes at risk

• By Matt Slaughter

MORE NEEDS to be done to

protect birdlife around the

Avon-Heathcote Estuary.

The Avon-Heathcote

Estuary Ihutai Trust says dogs,

drones and

people continue

to be a threat

to the 118 bird

species, which

call the estuary

home, including

godwits.

Tim Lindley

The Coastal-

Burwood

Community Board will now

investigate what it can do to better

protect these birds after trust

members expressed concerns at a

meeting last week

The estuary became part of the

East Asian-Australasian Flyway

network last year, a network,

which protects migratory waterbirds

across wetlands in about 20

countries.

PROTECTION: (Left to right) – Lesser knots, godwits, and south island pied oystercatchers are being disturbed according to the

Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust.

Trust member Tim

Lindley said the birds,

which used the estuary faced

threats that people may have not

been aware of.

“Birds do see dogs as

wolves . . . it’s quite important

that they’re not disturbed by

dogs.”

Mr Lindley said the estuary’s

proximity to the eastern suburbs

in both the Coastal-Burwood

and Linwood-Central-Heathcote

wards made protecting them

even more important.

“The birds stop feeding for 10

minutes when they are interrupted

by humans.

“Because this international flyway

is in an urban area, it’s only

going to get worse.

“It’s dinner time for the

birds and we need to keep it

that way.”

Board members agreed the

signage currently in place telling

people to be respectful of birds

when around the estuary

needed to be improved.

Board member Linda

Stewart suggested signage

should give more specific

information on the types of

behaviour and activities that

disturbed birds and how this

could be avoided.

Website map to identify where pot holes are

• By Julia Evans

WORKING OUT how to avoid

potholes and bumpy roads will

soon easier with the development

of a website map.

The city council is working

on a new “roughness condition

map” which will show the

condition of each road, lane,

street and drive.

Said city council planning

and delivery transport manager

Lynette Ellis: “The roughness

condition map will identify

how rough a road is, both as

a measurable number, and as

a description (eg good or

poor).”

Ms Ellis said the technology

is used elsewhere in New

Zealand and there is no direct

connection between the map

and the earthquakes as the map

will be using recently measured

data.

“The driver for this is to share

factual information concerning

the transport network with the

community,” she said.

It will also be used to help

inform decision-making city

councillors and community

boards make with regard to

investing money and prioritising

infrastructure.

“Functionally this is using

data that council already holds,

and serving it onto the website

via new software that has been

made available via council’s

geospatial programme,” Ms Ellis

said.

The map is intended to be live

on the website later this year.

The state of roads around the

city remains a hot topic eight

years after the February 22, 2011,

earthquake.

Last year’s city council Long

Term Plan was set to focus on the

“basics” – setting out to prioritise

improvements to roads and

footpaths alongside wastewater

infrastructure and drinking

water upgrades.

ROUGH: The

city council

is working on

developing

a map for its

website to

tell residents

which roads

are in the

poorest

condition such

as this damage

on New

Brighton Rd.

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