Firewood? Try Queenstown Bay if you get my drift

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Rather than looking like a picturesque beach, at the moment Queenstown Bay resembles a firewood yard. 

Rough weather has left the lakefront littered with driftwood. 

Queenstown Lakes District Council employs contractors to clear the debris – they’re usually called up once or twice a year and the council has to pay each time after the first two clean-ups. 

This week’s mess will be the third time contractors have been called in so far in 2011. 

“Our contractors are getting on to it – it only arrived there over the weekend in the strong winds and the high lake,” QLDC parks manager Gordon Bailey says. 

A small loader will rack up the wood, which will be carted away by truck, Bailey says. 

“It’s a reasonably straight forward job.”