Fox­ton fair set to fizz this sum­mer

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENVIRONMENT - MIKE SMITH, Wa­ter And En­vi­ron­men­tal Care As­so­ci­a­tion (WECA)

Sum­mer is here, and by New Year we will be in jan­dals, keen to spend time at the beach with ice creams, swim­ming, sand cas­tles, and sea birds. Add in the Fox­ton Beach New Year Fair, and there’s the per­fect hol­i­day for chil­dren, fam­i­lies, bar­gain hun­ters, and friends.

Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­men­tal Care As­so­ci­a­tion Inc. (WECA), or­gan­is­ers of this free fes­tive day, are keen to en­sure plenty of en­joy­ment. As well as chil­dren’s rides, there’s paint­ball, food of all kinds, cloth­ing, plants, fruit and veg­eta­bles, jew­ellery, gar­den ornaments, bric-a-brac, col­lecta­bles, carv­ings, heal­ing ther­a­pies, balms and bar­gains – in short, some­thing for ev­ery­body.

The Daw­ick Street Re­serve on Se­abury Ave is in cen­tral Fox­ton Beach. There is am­ple park­ing with easy event ac­cess, in­clud­ing re­served park­ing for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties and plenty of load­ing area.

As well as fun, the New Year Fair pro­vides funds for WECA, a group com­mit­ted to the sus­tain­able man­age­ment of the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment af­fect­ing the Es­tu­ary, the Manawatu River, Lake Horowhenua, and other wet­lands within the sur­round­ing river catch­ment ar­eas.

WECA keeps a watch on re­source con­sents to im­prove our lives. It is WECA that speaks for the en­vi­ron­ment when in­dus­tries, farms and coun­cils ap­ply to dis­charge ef­flu­ent to the Manawatu River, its trib­u­taries and other wa­ter­ways.

By fo­cus­ing on ef­flu­ent dis- charge – com­mer­cial waste­water, farm runoff, stormwa­ter drainage, or par­tially treated ef­flu­ent – WECA aims to treat the prob­lem at the source. Us­ing the sub­mis­sion process un­der the Re­source Man­age­ment Act (RMA) and re­gional plan­ning rules, WECA seeks to di­vert all dis­charges to land or to treat the ef­flu­ent to a higher stan­dard.

So mark Satur­day Jan­uary 2nd 9:00 am – 3:00 pm in your diary to enjoy a day at the beach. And don’t forget that the Manawatu Es­tu­ary – a Ram­sar wet­land of in­ter­na­tional sig­nif­i­cance and a tran­si­tory home to count­less num­bers of birds – is only a brief step or two away from the fair.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions and crafts­peo­ple can con­tact WECA for sites, C/- Mike Smith 021 0868 5886, or weca.newyear­fair@gmail.com.

PHOTO: NICK SIMMONS/SUP­PLIED

All the fun of last year’s New Year Fox­ton Fair, fea­tur­ing sun­shine, and plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment for the kids.

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