The most recent Working Bee saw Landcare Okareka volunteers take Dennis Falconer's barge (thanks, Dennis) loaded with some willing volunteers, bags of ready concrete, spades, shovels, and various other tools – along with 2 barbeque tables, to install down at Silver Beach. One of the tables was kindly donated to Landcare Okareka by Johlene Kelly (ex DOC Rotorua) and the other table has been recycled from near the start of the walkway, with some additions. Both tables have had some carpentry alterations done to them with stronger legs and seats added – thanks to the very capable skills of Brian Law, and with financial support from Rotorua District Council – thanks to Walter Miller. We hope that people using Silver Beach will enjoy using these tables over the months and years to come.
Landcare Okareka volunteers enjoy morning tea after installing the new BBQ tables at Silver Beach.
Many of you will have noticed that the mowing of reserve areas by Castlecorp is quite some time apart now – this is one of RDC's means of cutting costs. There has been a lot of volunteer hours spent undertaking weed control along the walkway and in numerous places around the village.
Landcare Okareka volunteers are also doing track edge trimming from Silver Beach area out to the walkway end.
Those of you who use the Okareka Walkway regularly will have noticed that in recent days, large amounts of metal are being stockpiled for walkway track maintenance. There will be some work done on spreading some of this metal soon.
We understand that the part of the track that has been very wet with the high lake levels and wet weather – from the end of the boardwalk for 200 - 300 m is going to get some special attention very soon.
There will be more work done with drainage out in the kowhai grove near Silver Beach.
Landcare Okareka would like to thank Clark McCarthy from RDC for getting all of this organised and we look forward to seeing the results of the planned work.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported Landcare Okareka over the past 12 months, and I look forward to meeting more of you in 2012 at future working bees.