What Next? is the question

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Bluff Hill Motupohue Environment Trust chairwoman Estelle Leask.

MORE than 5380 destructive pests have been eradicated from Bluff Hill/Motupohue thanks to Bluff Hill Motupohue Environment Trust volunteers.

Almost a decade and more than 17,185 volunteer hours later, the award-winning environmental trust can boast the destruction of 1045 possums, 100 stoats, 232 weasels, 218 hedgehogs, more than 2880 rats (not including those controlled by toxin) and almost 900 mice, which has resulted in a resurgence in bird life on the hill and surrounds.

With the trust’s 10-year anniversary approaching, trustees felt it was was timely to ask the people of Bluff their opinions about the trust, its work and where it should be heading in the future, trust chairwoman Estelle Leask said.

To help find out the answers, postcards will soon be delivered to Bluff households asking people “What Next?”, adding “The Bluff Hill Motupohue Environment Trust has been protecting the Bluff environment for 10 years. What would you like to see the trust do in the future?”

It was an opportunity for everyone to have their say and find out what the community would like to see happen, and also a chance for the trust to get feedback from the public, Mrs Leask said.

A space was left for people to write their answers, comments and suggestions. Once the responses were completed, people could drop them in to a marked drop-off box at the Bluff 4 Square Supermarket.

The trustees were hoping the mailbox drop would take place on Saturday and Sunday. If someone didn’t receive a postcard and wanted to respond to the “What Next?” question, they could email the trust on bluffenvirotrust@yahoo.co.nz, go to www.bluffenvirotrust.org or visit its Facebook page, facebook.com/pages/Bluff-HillMotupohue-Environment-Trust. Postcards would also be available at the Trust’s stall on the main street during the Bluff Oyster & Food Festival on Saturday, May 26, and the Bluff 4 Square Supermarket. Friday, June 1, was the close-off for the survey and the drop-off box at the supermarket.

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