A Queenstown resident is concerned information about the
Queenstown Lakes District Council's plans to remove several
trees - including 11 eucalyptus species - along the Frankton
Track is ''misleading''.
Submissions on the council's proposal to remove several
''large and oversized evergreen trees'' closed on January 18,
attracting 17 submissions, the majority in favour.
However, at yesterday's community services committee meeting
Mr Whiting said during the public forum he had concerns over
the accuracy of statements being released to the public in
Of most concern was the reason for the removal of the
eucalyptus species, which had been stated as ''frost
''There are 11 eucalyptus trees left in three areas. Ten of
them show no visible signs of frost damage.
''I invite you, as committee members, to go and check the
site out there.
''If I'm wrong and there's frost damage that's not visible to
the naked eye, then I'm wrong ... but if this is not frost
damage, the information that's gone out to the public is
''If you consult with the public they must have accurate
facts before them; you must not mislead them.''
Community services general manager Paul Wilson told the
committee the report summarising the submissions on the
Frankton track tree removal would be presented at the next
committee meeting, in six weeks, and would address Mr
Submissions viewed by the Queenstown Times indicated native
trees and their resulting birdsong were desired on the track.
Fernhill resident Grant McLennan supported the proposal and
hoped replacing exotic trees with natives would bring back
''Queenstown and its surrounds represent a highly modified
environment where the lack of native forest severely
restricts the number [of] native bird species that can be
''I would like to see the council consult with the community
to create initiatives for long-term replacement of exotics,
particularly Douglas fir and pines.''
''The council should promote a long-term plan to create
corridors of native species that will allow birds to move
between food sources and thus increase the numbers of birds
that can be supported.''
Removing and replacing the trees with native species was
favoured by other submitters, with one calling the pine trees
The council originally anticipated combining the removing and
replanting with the upgrade of the sewerage main but had
decided to proceed with the tree work due to the sewerage
project being postponed.