News round-up from Cornwallis

Cornwallis Wharf work continues

Cornwallis Wharf with Denso tape on piles

From early March to mid-April Cornwallis Wharf will be closed till 4pm each day for structural work.
Part of the work involves wrapping each wooden support in industrial Denso tape - which can be used underwater to give greater protection to the aging wood.
The Denso tape has already been applied to piles closest to the beach, and as work continues they will get further and further out.
Much of the work will be done by divers - as shown in this video.


The structural work will also see the reinstatement of the boat platforms at the far end of the pier.
It is being funded by Auckland Council and carried out by STG Group – specialists in marine construction and maintenance.
During weekdays a security guard will be located onsite to ensure people remain off the wharf until 4pm each day.


Seaweek 2020 Cornwallis clean-up

Cornwallis Beach Seaweek rubbish clean-up

A huge thanks to all those who took part in the big Seaweek 2020 Cornwallis clean-up.
It started in the morning at 9am with a three-hour focus on the roadside and surrounding bush, largely picking up a lot of old cans and bottles people have flung aside as they drive.
Then, after lunch the focus moved to Cornwallis Beach, where the clean-up was part of a much larger event coordinated by Sustainable Coastlines.
Overall, more than 2150 litres of trash was removed from our coastline and peninsula, everything from old fishing equipment, tyres, traffic cones and even an empty plastic rubbish bin.


Regional possum control programme

The project area (shown right) is 5000 hectares in size and predominately on regional parkland.
Waitakere possum control areaTo control possums and exclude non-target animals, bait is placed in stations 1.8 metres off the ground. There are two different types of bait, with pellets located in more publicly accessible areas of less strength than those in more remote locations.
There are very low risks of secondary poisoning (where an animal becomes ill after eating a possum that has eaten the bait), when using these pellets, and this is one of the reasons they have been chosen for this operation.
No bait will be used within 100m of the Kakamatua beach track. Instead, live capture cage traps will be used, set back from the track itself. These do not harm a non-target animal if caught, and they can be released. These cage traps will be checked daily.
Any questions on this possum control operation can be emailed to biosecurity@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz and they will be directed to the appropriate member within Auckland Council.



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