Sainsbury Reserve - Horse Riding
Notification of intention to conduct aerial Gorse spraying at 205 Sainsbury Road, Pirongia
Waipa District Council will conduct an aerial spraying programme at 205 Sainsbury Road, Pirongia (outlined in red below) to control infestations of gorse (Ulex europaeus).
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A helicopter will apply the agrichemicals picloram and triclopyr (trade name Trichloram Brushkiller*), Organosilicone** and Antifoam*** by aerial boom spraying between 5:30am and 12pm (noon) between 14-18 December 2020 or alternatively between 11-22 January 2021 as weather permits. Expected duration is approximately 5 hours, but will depend on the weather conditions.
Sensitive areas such as the Ngaparierua Stream, creeks, wetlands and stands of trees within the Recreation Reserve are excluded from the spraying zone. To avoid contamination of these areas or any nearby residential, rural and commercial properties, spraying will only occur when wind conditions are such that any potential spray drift will be minimised.
During this operation the reserve and carpark will be closed to the public. Traffic management will be in place to provide temporary road closure for Sainsbury Road while spraying takes place along the road side, which is planned to be in-place between 5.30am and 7.30am. Signage will be posted at the entrances to the operational area and will be replaced after the work has been conducted with signage to advise the area has been sprayed.
People who may be affected in the adjoining area will be notified in writing as required by the Waikato Regional Plan. The spray plan for the operation is available for viewing.
For enquiries relating to this contact
CommunityServicesAdministrator@waipadc.govt.nz (Subject: 205 Sainsbury Road) or phone WDC Customer Support team on 0800 924 723.
There is growing interest in Sainsbury Reserve and it has become a popular spot for horse riding activities. Here you will find information and guidelines about using the property.
The address of the property is 205 Sainsbury Road, Pirongia, approximately 2 km up Sainsbury Road on the left. There is a number on the gate.
There is ample truck/float parking at the Reserve, a horse wash down area and a flushing toilet in the orchard up from the car park.
You can access the main farm track via the timber gate that is off to the right towards the orchard. It will take you down the hill and onto the farm track network to explore the 100 acre farming block.
The project is in its early stages with planning being done on how to develop the site to enhance the recreational and conservational values of the Reserve.
Guidelines for Use
- If you access Sainsbury Road via the Baffin Street bridge please keep in mind that the bridge has a weight restriction of 12 tonne (the historical bridge is over 100 years old). If your truck is heavier than 12 tonne you will need to head out of Pirongia towards Otorohanga. Make a left turn onto Mangauika Road, across the Mangauika bridge, along O'Shea Road and then left onto Sainsbury Road.
- To the side of the car park, is a historical reservoir which is fenced off. This area is out of bounds as the top of the hill is actually the top of a 100 year old concrete tank.
- There are cows, sheep and horses grazing so please be respectful and shut all gates behind you. The road gate must stay shut at all times and locked again when you leave. The gate code is 19720.
- You are welcome to ride carefully through the cows and sheep (noting the sheep are friendly so they may try to follow you out of paddocks) but please do not enter into the paddocks where horses are grazing.
- You are required to clean up any horse poo that is left in the car park area and due to this being a farmed property - dogs are not permitted on the property.
Sainsbury Reserve - Survey
This is your opportunity to be involved and help us to identify if there's something else the Reserve needs to meet the demands of the users.
This information will also add to the earlier feedback we have received on the draft landscape plans to help inform the draft Reserve Management Plan.