Stream gets clean up

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Katikati Sea Scouts and Ure­tara Es­tu­ary Man­agers vol­un­teers com­bined forces to clear rub­bish from the banks of the Ure­tara Stream.

Mem­bers of both groups met at The Land­ing, af­ter school, un­der heavy skies and threat­en­ing rain. Armed with plenty of rub­bish bags, gloves, kayaks and en­thu­si­asm the group trawled the stream banks for two hours col­lect­ing half a car trailer full of rub­bish.

Cub leader De­bWil­son said the task would con­trib­ute to their com­mu­nity ser­vice, as well as hon­ing their skills on the wa­ter. Ure­tara Es­tu­ary Man­ager’s (UEM) chair­man Lawrie Don­ald said it was great to in­volve an­other com­mu­nity group in this as­pect of UEM’s en­vi­ron­men­tal work.

“We had a sim­ple mantra for this clean up, if it does not be­long in the river, then we re­move it.

“The young peo­ple re­sponded bril­liantly to the chal­lenge, es­pe­cially en­joy­ing vy­ing for the spot prize for the weird­est piece of rub­bish.”

Al­though some “in­ter­est­ing rub­bish” was col­lected, no clear win­ner meant the cho­co­late bar was en­joyed by all.

UEMwish to ac­knowl­edge and thankMichaela Jef­fer­son, BOP Re­gional Coun­cil coastal land man­age­ment of­fi­cer, and Ilze Kruis, Western Bay of Plenty District Coun­cil en­vi­ron­men­tal solid waste team leader, for pro­vid­ing re­sources and sup­port for this project.

Par­entswith chil­dren who are in­ter­ested to learn more about Sea Scouts can phone Deb on 021 0338504 for more in­for­ma­tion and those in­ter­ested to learn more about UEM’s work can con­tact Lawrie Don­ald on 021 859929.

Many hands made light work clean­ing up the banks of the Ure­tara Stream where the mantra was: if it does not be­long in the river, re­move it.

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