Pest plant infestation

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Reported in the Other category by Christopher Thompson at 11:07, Sat 9 June 2012

Sent to Auckland Council 1 min later.

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The land adjacent to the level crossing was landscaped during the recent double tracking of the western railway. Since then it hasn't been maintained and is now the source on both sides of the street of a major pest plant infestation (bush wattle (Paraseriaththes laphantha), woolly nightshade (Solanum mauritianum), moth plant (Arauja hortorum), etc). While the latter two pests are subject to containment restrictions under the Biosecurity Act, the infestation detracts from the quality of the planting and diminishes the aesthetic amenity of the area and impacts negatively on the over all appearance of the station. The fact that the infestation is on public land tends to encourage adjacent private landowners to ignore similar infestations. It would be good if these pest plants could be controlled in a systemic fashion in order to diminish the spread of the infestation.

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Once again, AC ignored this complaint. Following contact with Councillor Sandra Coney, chair of the council's Parks and Heritage Committee, the City Parks Services cleared the site on 23 August of all but one of the pest plants and laid down some mulch in an effort to prevent further infestations. It looks pretty good. The problem is that no one knows who is responsible for the maintenance of such plantings: AC, AT, or KiwiRail. So in the long term nothing has been resolved. I rather thought this was one of the arguments for the creation of the supercity, i.e. resolving jurisdictional disputes. Once again, no input whatsoever from the Whau local councillor, Noelene Raffills.
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