Whanganui District Council contractors will conduct a pest control night operation at Hyltons Pit for two weeks beginning on Monday, 21 November 2022. The rabbit and possum control work is needed to prevent ongoing damage to recent community plantings in this area.
The fortnight-long operation is weather dependent and scheduled to take place overnight from Monday evening, 21 November, until Saturday morning, 3 December 2022 inclusive from 10.00pm until 6.00am. The reserve will reopen to the public during the day throughout the control period.
Signs will be displayed on each night advising of the control operation and the temporary closure at the Field Street and Brunswick Road entrances to the reserve. Whanganui Police have approved this operation – thermal imaging equipment will be used and firearms will use .22 calibre segmented bullets.
The council apologises for any disturbance to residents during the control period.