Half Mile Reserve Update
A report will go to the Vincent Community Board (VCB) in March to consider the next steps for the Half Mile Reserve near Alexandra.
Council’s proposal in 2021 to remove wilding pines from the reserve received a reaction from some residents and neighbours to the site.
Wilding pines are widely recognised as a pest species that impact on rural productivity, cause modification to natural ecosystems, and compromise landscape and amenity. Central government and the Otago Regional Council have provided significant funding over a period of four years to address the issue across the region. In response to community concerns, and as a responsible landowner, Council also committed funding through the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan for the removal of wilding pines in a number of sites identified as posing high risk of spreading seed.
The Council held a drop-in session on 22 November 2021 to welcome community feedback on a proposed concept plan for what the Half Mile recreation reserve could look like following the removal of the trees. Council staff have analysed the feedback and the analysis will form part of a report on options for the future use of the reserve, to be considered by the Vincent Community Board at its meeting on 22 March 2022.
“We understand that the Half Mile reserve is an important amenity area for our residents,” said Central Otago District Council Parks and Recreation Manager Gordon Bailey. “Our goal is to ensure that people continue to enjoy using the reserve for generations to come, while adhering to our obligations as a responsible landowner. These obligations include the eradication of pests that cause widespread destruction to the environment.”