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Blue Lake access always a priority for local MP

14 May 2008 Media Statement

Blue Lake access always a priority for local MP

Steve Chadwick, MP for Rotorua, says she has worked tirelessly on issues relating to logging of Douglas Fir trees in Rotorua, meeting with Timberlands, recreation users and the tourism sector over the last year.

“Nick Smith took a cheap shot in the House today, suggesting that work has only just begun on this complex issue, when in fact I have been working on this for quite some time,” Steve Chadwick said.

“As much as we love these trees, they were always planted for forestry. Over the years the community has freely used and enjoyed the tracks, but this access has been privilege rather than a right, as the land is in effect private land.

“While the felling occurs the public will continue to have access to the area during the weekends and the evenings.

“Timberlands’ plans are for selective logging, with only 15 per cent of trees to be cleared, and redwoods will be replanted.

“As always, my preferred approach is to continue working with Timberlands, the community and the district council to negotiate tracks and walkways through the forest for all to enjoy.

“My role, as local MP, is to facilitate ongoing discussion with the Crown and mayor as leader of the community, and I have already arranged a meeting next week between the mayor and the responsible Minister to discuss future access options.”


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