I ask that Upper Hutt City Council keep Silverstream Spur in public ownership for conservation, recreation, and for providing future generations with access to nature.
Silverstream Spur is an important area of native forest in Upper Hutt. The Spur is home to kererū, fantails, grey warblers, and other native birds and insects, and is a vital natural link between the Eastern and Western Hills. It also provides important opportunities for the local community to get outdoors and enjoy nature.
Currently, the Spur is owned by the ratepayers of Upper Hutt, but the Council is considering providing it to a housing developer in a land swap.
We need more housing, but the council should be supporting medium density housing – not giving up natural areas that we will never get back. Keeping the spur as forest means it will be a home for wildlife and enjoyed by many future generations.
When nature thrives, our communities will thrive. Let’s protect what we have, so we can bring back nature to our communities where it belongs.