Volunteers clean up Lake Dunstan shore

Preparing to spring clean the Lake Dunstan foreshore on Saturday are members of the Hut Youth...
Preparing to spring clean the Lake Dunstan foreshore on Saturday are members of the Hut Youth Centre in Cromwell, (back row, from left) Ashleigh Fairbairn, Rob Jones, Jacqui Rule, Daniel Anderson (13), Rebecca Anderson and Matthew Andrew (11); (front...

The Lake Dunstan foreshore at Cromwell received a face-lift over the weekend, just in time for spring picnics.

Cromwell and Districts Community Trust chairwoman Shirley Calvert said more than 100 people turned up on Saturday to help clear rubbish and weeds from the lakefront, concentrating on the area between Old Cromwell and Deadman's Point bridge on State Highway 8B.

"One of the really wonderful things is that everyone was really happy to be there.

"We officially took 50 big trailer-loads to the dump but I think there was at least half that many again ... They couldn't take any more noxious weeds."

She said a lot of rubbish "like glass bottles and cans" plus "a lot of gorse, broom and briar" needed to be cleared.

Four years ago, the trust developed a community plan which listed the lakefront and keeping it tidy as an "action point". Earlier this year, at a meeting to welcome new residents, the trust was approached by Scott Sinclair, of Westpac, who wanted a community project to get involved with.

Westpac local business manager Paul Keegan, of Alexandra, said helping and promoting the clean-up of beaches and lake-fronts was something the bank did nationally every year.

Westpac staff from Alexandra and Wanaka helped with the Cromwell clean-up.

Ms Calvert said the other groups involved were the Cromwell Lions, Rotary, Old Cromwell Town Committee, Tourism Cromwell, the Hut Youth Centre, the Cromwell army reserves and people serving community work sentences.

"Before we left we saw someone paddling in an area we had just cleared. That was gratification, right there."

- sarah.marquet@odt.co.nz


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