We are excited to share the fantastic success of the annual Lake Dunstan Clean-Up event, which once again showed just how powerful our community can be when we come together. On September 16th, 138 residents and local community group members rolled up their sleeves to restore the beauty of the shoreline, covering Richards Beach to McNulty Inlet.
Big thanks go out to those who made this event happen: Te Tapu o Tane for their great coordination, CODC for providing access to the transfer station, and Hirepool for generously lending us tools. We also want to give a shoutout to Lions, Ladies Lions, Old Cromwell Inc, Rotary, U14 Rugby, Scouts, Mohiki Reforestation Trust, Rowing, and Cromwell Primary for their active involvement. Your collective efforts showcased our tight-knit community.
This event is proof of what we can achieve when we all work towards a common goal. As we move forward, let's continue to work together to protect the natural beauty of Lake Dunstan and celebrate the unity that makes our community so special.
As part of our ambitions to improve local biodiversity around Lake Dunstan and provide educational and community-led projects, we are looking to install a pest trapline along 5km of the lake’s shoreline for the trust and volunteers to monitor. In March, we applied to the ORC ECO Fund for funds to purchase traps to target rodents, mustelids and possums plus bait, equipment and maintenance.
Hundreds of truckloads of silt looks set to be removed from the Bannockburn Inlet near Cromwell and pumped further down the Kawarau Arm of Lake Dunstan towards the town.
We still can't believe the transformation of this area! 8 months ago it was rabbit and exotic weed infested and had little to offer to people and wildlife.
Now it's covered in thousands of tussock, ribbonwood, Kohuhu, kōwhai, kānuka, Mānuka, harakeke, and flowering koromiko that have exploded out of their plant guards and taken to the site with incredible success. Some are already flowering and providing food for our wildlife, and it won't be long until the rest do too!
Thank you to Te Tapu o Tāne - Growing Trees & Communities for all their efforts to get this project to this point and for their ongoing management of the site. We look forward to continuing to watch these grow and see them support the spread of native species across the shoreline.
On 9th May 2023, we attended the annual Lake Dunstan Aquatic Weed Management meeting to review the 2022/23 works and assist in the planning for 2023/24. Toitū Te Whenua LINZ, Boffa Miskell, NIWA, ORC, Otago Fish & Game, Clutha Fisheries Trust, and ourselves were in attendance.
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A big thank you to Cromwell Youth Trust and Te Tapu o Tāne - Growing Trees & Communities for fighting the rain yesterday to install 300 native taonga species in McNulty Inlet in just under 3 hours!
We just love the before and after photos showing how much mahi they achieved! The local wildlife and community can now enjoy these plants as they grow and attract birds, insects and lizards to the site.
Lake Dunstan Charitable Trust launches biannual (twice a year) surveys to ensure the community’s voice is captured and shared with trustees and key stakeholders.
The summer 2022/23 survey focused on:
•Establishing high-use areas for boats and other uses (e.g. swimming, picnics, family)
•How to improve these spaces
•Lagarosiphon (lakeweed) control works
•How information on control works reaches the community
•How it could be improved