Trash mars beauty of area

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

These two pho­tos were taken by Marian Cherry on the same evening at the same lo­ca­tion — Hokio Beach.

While one shows the stun­ning nat­u­ral beauty we are lucky to ex­pe­ri­ence here in Horowhenua, just be­low the dune the pho­tog­ra­pher is stand­ing on are smelly, ripped old mat­tresses and rub­bish that have been dumped on the beach by some­one thought­less and self­ish.

Most of us may find it hard to fathom liv­ing a life where we have this lit­tle aware­ness of the world around us, and such a nar­row mind that dump­ing rub­bish on a beach could be con­sid­ered ac­cept­able.

It is dis­re­spect­ful to our planet, our dis­trict and our home and there is no ex­cuse for it, fi­nan­cial or oth­er­wise.

Un­for­tu­nately this kind of dump­ing, also called fly-tip­ping, hap­pens in our dis­trict far too of­ten, and fre­quently in ar­eas of nat­u­ral beauty that we all should be pro­tect­ing.

If you see any­one dump­ing rub­bish some­where they shouldn’t, take down their reg­is­tra­tion plate or other iden­ti­fy­ing de­tails and in­form the lo­cal coun­cil or po­lice as soon as pos­si­ble.

If you see dumped rub­bish, don’t as­sume some­one has re­ported it al­ready — make the call. The health of our dis­trict, and the planet, is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of us all.

Horowhenua Dis­trict Coun­cil can be reached on 06 366 0999 and Levin Po­lice on 06 366 0500.

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