Community

Emergency Response Group (ERG)   

Building community resilience in the face of any civil emergency on the Peninsula is the responsibility of the ERG – see the Community Response Plan for the Kelvin Peninsula, page 19.  The Group is composed of local residents experienced in dealing with emergencies and coordinators located across the Peninsula.  Its role is multifaceted: liaising with Civil Defence; acquiring the necessary equipment (generators, radios) to support the community in the event of, say, a major earthquake; building a communication network so everyone on the Peninsula can be reached; and ensuring there is capacity within the community to run a local operations centre.  Check out our Emergencies  page  for details that you need to know.  If you want to be involved, contact the ERG via our Volunteering page.

Predator free 2050

 

Operating under the umbrella of the Whakatipu Wildlife Trust since 2016, KPCA’s pest busters team has been eliminating hundreds of rats, stoats, ferrets, weasels and possums, recently passing the milestone of 1000 predator catches.  It currently operates 4 traplines over 15 kms of Peninsula foliage.  Different methods are required for different predators; and we actively consider expanding the range of traps for the team, recently adding 25 traps across the traplines.  There is much work to be done to make the Peninsula predator free, including working both with other groups such as Jack’s Point and within our neighbourhoods.  This expansion will be supercharged if and when the Trust’s proposed Southern Lakes Sanctuary gets underway.  The risk to domestic pets has to be constantly monitored.  Ultimately, it requires achieving a balance between effective trapping and freedom for pets to roam off the walking tracks.  We can all play a part in helping our native wildlife to flourish.

The Working Group   

The environment is key to our enjoyment of Peninsula life, in particular the walking tracks, Jardine Park and the Lake shore. The Working Group of volunteers toil away tirelessly at keeping tracks clear; removing fallen trees and producing firewood in the process; and dealing with wilding pines and broom. Liaison with the key landowners, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Department of Conservation and the Crown, is a crucial part of this work. This Group has a long pedigree going right back to the early days of the KPCA in 1981 that saw volunteers create the tracks we now all enjoy. Known then by the nickname, Dads’ Army, funds were raised by the wool clip from sheep grazing in Jardine Park until 2005.  They are now raised by selling firewood.  New volunteers welcome!

KPCA continues to add amenities to the Park in consultation with the Council. First the multisports courts and now a flying fox which was recently completed. A spatial plan for the whole of the Park is under development. Meanwhile, QLDC  has removed the trees in the wind damaged area of the Park.

Community orchard   

KPCA volunteers have created a Community Orchard of fruit trees in Jardine Park.  They care for the Orchard throughout the year, including holding an annual pruning workshop or community busy bee open to all. New Volunteers welcome!

Community nursery   

The Jean Malpas Community Nursery located in Jardine Park is part of the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust.  Volunteers prepare plants for the upcoming planting seasons every Wednesday.