Beautification project ‘way beyond’ means

A Mosgiel beautification project has become "bigger than Ben-Hur".

Brian Peat. Photo: Allied Press files
Brian Peat. Photo: Allied Press files
At the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board meeting last week, board member Brian Peat, who is the board’s representative for the project, said the project had grown.

The plan was to beautify the bank between Wingatui Rd and Gordon Rd with plants and shrubs.

Plants had been sourced and Taieri College’s environmental group, the Eco-Warriors, would be involved.

But, Mr Peat had seen a draft plan and was concerned about the size of the project.

The area was split into 30 sections each with 500 plants, he said.

"Multiply that out: 15,000 plants," he said.

"I’m just blown away. Where are we going to get those trees from?"

He was disappointed the design plan was "way beyond the means of the community to even think about funding".

Dunedin City Council recreation and planning partnerships manager John Brenkley said although the council owned the land, it was a flood bank and approval was needed from the Otago Regional Council (ORC) to plant.

"We want to make sure we’re meeting all the requirements of the ORC and that we’re working together on this," Mr Brenkley said.

The plants in the plan included trees and tussocks, so while there were a lot of plants, many of them were small, he said.

Board member Martin Dillon was concerned that once the project was completed, it would not be looked after.

Mr Brenkley said a volunteer co-ordinator in his team would source volunteers to look after the area.

A meeting about the project was held on Monday and the final plan was expected to be signed off shortly.

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