It’s not okay to dump rub­bish

Whanganui Midweek - - COMMUNITY LINK - By HE­LEN CRAIG Coun­cil­lor

I want Whanganui to win the Most Beau­ti­ful City Award, and a trip to the 2018 Awards in Auck­land this month gave me an in­sight into how we might achieve that.

The awards are not only about the beauty we cre­ate in our towns, but also about how well we care for our en­vi­ron­ment through sus­tain­abil­ity and clean-ups, etc. We are al­ready do­ing a lot, but we need to pull all our com­mu­nity ef­forts into one ap­pli­ca­tion and video and con­tinue to look at new ini­tia­tives to make us beau­ti­ful on the sur­face and un­der­neath!

I am thrilled to see so many ex­cit­ing ini­tia­tives run by the com­mu­nity to keep Whanganui beau­ti­ful and bet­ter re­cy­cling ef­forts would help that. At present, prob­a­bly less than a third of our re­cy­clable waste is ac­tu­ally taken to the re­cy­cling cen­tre. That’s a lot go­ing to land­fill or be­ing dumped.

I was par­tic­u­larly shocked and out­raged to see an in­ner city home dump­ing their ren­o­va­tion ma­te­ri­als down their hill, in full view of their neigh­bours. My in­quiries at coun­cil re­veal this is not a breach of the law or any lo­cal by­law, which I find in­cred­i­ble. It’s time that changed, in Whanganui and na­tion­ally. It is not ac­cept­able to dump on your own prop­erty in this day and age when we un­der­stand the im­pli­ca­tions of that to our ground wa­ter, etc. In this case, the vis­ual pol­lu­tion so bla­tantly im­posed on neigh­bours is even more ab­hor­rent. Get real Whanganui.

A re­quest to those who own empty prop­er­ties around the town to also take some pride and clean up oc­ca­sion­ally. Also pull those weeds out­side your premises — it will only take a few min­utes. It makes a huge dif­fer­ence to the feel and charm of our al­ready gor­geous city.

■ I’ll be talk­ing to coun­cil about how we might fur­ther an en­try in the an­nual Awards and if you would like more in­for­ma­tion on this year’s win­ners, go to: https:/ /www.knzb.org.nz/ beau­ti­ful-awards-2018/

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