In the Otago Daily Times on Wednesday, Gerry Brownlee confirmed he was personally pushing for a new road to be bulldozed through the middle of Fiordland National Park.
“I’m personally supportive of it but it’s not something that the Government is actually considering at the present time. It’s something that sits out there as a possibility”
Brownlee is “personally supportive”. Why?
Road to Nowhere: In the early 1970s the isolated Red Hills in Fiordland were considered a likely asbestos prospect. A mining company tried to blaze a trail with a bulldozer from Arawata to the remote claim. The motley convoy included tractors, sheds on sleds and other gear. To make a path they had to use explosives in the Monkey Puzzle Gorge, and drill and blast enormous boulders. Swamps, forests, and rough ground added to the obstacles. They never reached their destination, and returned from the 200-kilometre trip without doing a single day’s prospecting.
With that in mind, think of the devastation that will be needed to make the Brownlee bulldozing a reality.