We are seeking community support and additional suggestions on a staged plan for recreational development and native revegetation for Man-Made Hill in Twizel.
Man-Made Hill is a non-natural hill located within Twizel. The hill, that takes up an approximate 3-hectare footprint, was formed by excavations in the formation of the Upper Waitaki Hydroelectric scheme of the late 1960s.
The hill is currently denuded of larger vegetation having had pines removed years ago and now sports emerging wilding pines and a continuing infestation of seeded broom and other exotic weeds. During summer there is a growing need to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for the visiting and resident population.
The plan is divided into stages to be worked on from 2023.
Stage one already has budget allocation which allows for some initial weed control and a segment of native planting from March 2023.
The additional stages are planned through to early 2028 and include the development of a mountain bike/flow skills loop trail, walking track upgrades including two view point seats and mountain range/visa interpretation panels.
The plan also includes general pest plant and animal control, rabbit proof perimeter fencing, native planting with species unique to the Mackenzie District over six stages.
The aim is to improve recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to the area, improve the environment by reducing urban weed and pest animal infestation and and showcase the unique indigenous flora of the District.
- Do you support the development of Man Made Hill as proposed in the draft development plan?
- What other things would you like to suggest to improve the environment and recreational offering on Man Made Hill?
Consultation closes on Sunday 11 December 2022.