Hunters warned off track

Signs warning away hunters have been erected on a popular track near Lowburn by the Central Otago District Council after reports of shooting nearby.

Council parks team leader Ian Mann said signs were installed this month on the 45th parallel track near Lowburn inlet after track users complained of shooting nearby.

''We have had several reports, one of which was quite concerning.''

One user who used the track three times a week reported ''feeling'' a bullet pass by their ears as they walked up, he said.

The council first received reports of shooting near the track in mid-August, over the course of two weeks.

The reports included people shooting quail and rabbits nearby.

"We don't encourage shooting up there. It's a walkway, and a popular one,'' he said.

The track, near Lowburn inlet, which goes up the side of Sugarloaf hill was developed and built by the Cromwell Rotary Club.

Central Otago sub area commander Senior Sergeant Ian Kerrisk said it was a matter for the council, although firearm use in areas frequented by people was also a ''concern'' to police.

It was about people staying safe, and making sure areas frequented by the public remain safe, he said.

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