Porirua coun­cil do­ing a ‘rub­bish’ job


Aotea res­i­dent Nicky McGuire thinks Porirua City Coun­cil is not do­ing enough to keep the streets clear of rub­bish.

It was her daugh­ter, Tara, who alerted her to the prob­lem, dur­ing a walk around Aotea La­goon.

‘‘She climbed up a tree and said ‘Mum, look at all the rub­bish!’’’

Mo­ti­vated by Tara, the fam­ily now take reg­u­lar walks to pick up lit­ter that col­lects in the gut­ters around their street.

Con­sid­er­ing the high rates Porirua res­i­dents pay, McGuire be­lieved the coun­cil should be do­ing more.

‘‘The rates I pay would cover the wage for some­one to pick up rub­bish around the city, or for some new bins.’’

McGuire and her daugh­ters have pre­vi­ously col­lected three full bags of rub­bish on their five minute walk down Fran­cis Brown Ave, pass­ing no pub­lic bins.

She said the coun­cil should not be ig­nor­ing the is­sue and would like to see some ac­knowl­edg­ment of Porirua’s rub­bish prob­lem.

She also noted that the rub­bish was there well be­fore the re­cent flood­ing.

Coun­cil parks man­ager Olivia Dovey agreed that rub­bish was a prob­lem in some ar­eas, was an un­nec­es­sary cost on ratepay­ers and contributed to pollution.

‘‘Although keep­ing rub­bish off the streets is ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity, there are places in Porirua where rub­bish can be a prob­lem at times.

‘‘The coun­cil has a street clean­ing team who have the job of col­lect­ing lit­ter in the city cen­tre and ur­ban ar­eas and parks, in­clud­ing manag­ing pub­lic lit­ter bins.’’

She said there were no plans to in­stall any more pub­lic bins at this stage.

‘‘We have found that peo­ple likely to lit­ter are not likely to use a pub­lic bin.’’

Talks about rub­bish come af­ter on­go­ing ef­forts by vol­un­teers to clear Aotea La­goon of al­gae and garbage, led by lo­cal man Matt Pol­lock.

City res­i­dents banded to­gether to clean the wa­ter af­ter Pol­lock posted on Face­book to say he was up­set at the state the la­goon had fallen into.

‘‘Con­sid­er­ing we live in Porirua, a city sur­rounded by wa­ter, I think we all need to be more care­ful,’’ McGuire said.

Peo­ple want­ing to re­port rub­bish dump­ing or littering can phone the coun­cil on 04 237 5089 or email en­quiries@pcc.govt.nz.

Nicky McGuire with her daugh­ters Tara, left, and Sinead.

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