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Hurunui Welcomes New Conservation Area

Friday, 21 May 2004

Hurunui District Council Welcomes New Conservation Area

The Hurunui District Council is welcoming the announcement a new conservation area is to be established on Tiromoana Station in the Kate Valley.

Transwaste Canterbury Limited launched its plans to create the 410 hectare conservation area, which will be known as Tiromoana Bush, yesterday. The site will be protected forever by an appropriate covenant and open to the public.

“This is a significant and ground-breaking initiative by a company that is committed to restoring a very large area of private land and to making it accessible to the public, says Hurunui District Mayor Tony Arps.

“There are infinite reasons why Tiromoana Bush will be a fabulous resource for the Hurunui. I have been to the site and taken in the breathtaking views of Pegasus Bay, the Banks Peninsula and wetlands there – it is fabulous.”

Mayor Arps says Tiromoana Bush will not only be valuable from a conservation perspective, it will help attract people to the Hurunui.

“The 12 hectare wetland being created and the restored bush area will provide a new habitat for wildlife and the experts expect native bird populations will flourish there – what better platform for Canterbury school children to learn about conservation and the environment?” says Mayor Arps.

Mayor Tony Arps says Tiromoana Bush will add to the Hurunui’s place on the tourism map.

“There is no doubt a conservation area of this size will attract a wide range of people to the Hurunui – scientists, tourists, walkers and hikers. It will be a valuable stopover for tourists along the Kaikoura-Christchurch route, providing limitless recreation opportunities.”

“Attracting new people to the area always brings a number of flow-on benefits to Hurunui businesses. We will be doing all we can to encourage the Hurunui to take advantage of all the opportunities Tiromoana Bush will offer,” concluded Mayor Tony Arps.

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