THANKS FROM ZILCH

The Tribune (NZ) - - OPINION -

I would like to ex­tend my pro­found grat­i­tude to your read­ers who kindly do­nated to the re­fur­bish­ment of our new fa­cil­ity in Feather­ston St.

The build would not have been pos­si­ble with­out Bob Isles of Isles Con­struc­tion who man­aged the project and ev­ery­one from var­i­ous trades and busi­nesses who gave their time and prod­ucts freely – thank you.

Our vi­sion is to live in a com­mu­nity where no-one goes hun­gry. In our first four years, Just Zilch pro­vided more than 674,000 food items to more than 116,000 peo­ple and over 200,000 food items were given to fel­low char­i­ties.

Last year an av­er­age of 126 peo­ple per day sought sup­port at Just Zilch; that’s since grown to 151 peo­ple per day.

Our mis­sion is to res­cue sur­plus food and give it those in need. More than 30 lo­cal food busi­nesses have re­moved nearly one mil­lion food items from the waste stream since we be­gan. It is only through their sup­port that we can help oth­ers.

I also want to ac­knowl­edge Gull NZ Ltd who gen­er­ously pro­vided our pre­vi­ous build­ing and power – thank you.

We can truly say our free store is a com­mu­nity-built free store. Merry Christ­mas ev­ery­one.

Re­becca Cul­ver Gen­eral Man­ager

Just Zilch

BROAD­WAY’S DE­CLINE NO SUR­PRISE

It’s no sur­prise that pedes­trian traf­fic is de­clin­ing on Broad­way, and judg­ing from the num­ber of ‘For Lease’ and ‘Busi­ness for Sale’ signs, if noth­ing is done, the end is nigh.

The causes are le­gion, from the rise of The Plaza with its free park­ing, the in­com­pre­hen­si­ble re­moval of the shade trees, to the lack of any con­ceiv­able rea­son to go there. I re­call days when you couldn’t walk down Broad­way for the crowds, a time I’m sure the busi­nesses in that sorry street would love to see re­turn.

Des­per­ate sit­u­a­tions call for des­per­ate mea­sures. Coun­cil needs to im­me­di­ately al­low two hours of free park­ing on Broad­way, strictly en­forced, to pre­vent all-day park­ing and en­sure turnover, at the very least for a six month trial pe­riod. At this point there is noth­ing to lose.Yes, lots of peo­ple will take ad­van­tage or the two free hours and walk to The Plaza, but they will walk past all the re­main­ing busi­nesses on Broad­way and the Square on the way. That said, this is not a long term fix.

Ul­ti­mately, peo­ple need a rea­son to go to Broad­way. Welling­ton’s Cuba Street and some of the streets off Courte­nay Place may help pro­vide ideas.

Make Broad­way into a one-way

BIKE GRIPE

I was won­der­ing, af­ter watch­ing a cy­clist ride his bi­cy­cle through the very busy in­ter­sec­tion at Fitzher­bert and Fer­gu­son with his cell­phone planted firmly to his ear while making a right hand turn, if cy­clists are ac­tu­ally gov­erned by the road laws all other road users have to obey?

If cy­clists aren’t go­ing to be held to the same laws then per­haps a com­plete new road sys­tem for cy­clists only should be built and funded by the won­der­ful users’ pay sys­tem.

AlWin­der Palmer­ston North

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