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Wainui Stream workshop
2 Jul 2015
A community meeting will be held to workshop ideas and create a plan to improve the condition of the Wainui Stream. The workshop is on Saturday 4 July at the Wainui School Hall from 2pm – 4pm.  We invite all residents, landowners adjoining the stream, environment groups and anyone who's keen to be involved in planning and getting hands-on with projects to restore the health of the stream. “We want to get the conversation started on what the problems are and what we can do to improve the health of the water,” says shared services science manager Lois Easton. Council staff will be presenting an update on the preventable sewage discharge and subsequent abatement notice in March and also discussing with participants other long standing issues of the water quality. The $50,000 penalty imposed on the engineering and works department of Council and their contractor will be used towards reparations of the stream and surrounding environment. “We’ll talk about what our options are for using the funds towards restoring the ecology and want people to come with ideas on what you would like to see implemented,” says Ms Easton, “We're keen for people to be actively involved in helping us put plans into practice, which may involve things like riparian planting projects, fencing or water testing. “Planning and improvements to the stream will be ongoing with the residents and community, and there’ll be more opportunities to get involved in the coming months.” If you would like to attend the meeting or be kept up to date with developments register your name and contact information with customer services on 06 867 2049, email service@gdc.govt.nz or message us on Facebook. Read more >>
Pest removal from port
30 Jun 2015
A team of marine biosecurity divers from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council will begin work to remove marine pest, the Mediterranean Fanworm, from Gisborne Port on Tuesday 30 June. Read more >>
Wainui cycleway set to be extended after government funding boost
26 Jun 2015
Cycling in Gisborne is set to become safer, easier and more enjoyable following today’s announcement that the Government is investing $1.3 million from the Urban Cycleways Fund into a major extension of the Wainui-Kaiti cycleway. Read more >>
Safety improvements for cycleway
22 Jun 2015
The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) commissioned a safety audit of the Kaiti-Wainui cycleway.  As a result they will spend $23,000 on safety improvements with work starting this month. Read more >>
Marine pest found in the harbour
19 Jun 2015
The marine pest Mediterranean fanworm has been found in Gisborne harbour by divers inspecting the training wall. Only one fanworm was found last week and it may be possible to eradicate it. “We’re currently working through what options are available with the Ministry of Primary Industries as Council doesn’t have underwater capability,” says shared services science manager Lois Easton. “Department of Conservation has previously assisted Council with marine pest incursions, and we will ask Eastland Port whether they can also assist us.” Fanworm is considered an unwanted pest found mainly in ports or estuaries in 1m – 30m deep water. “It can have significant environmental impacts as well as extensively fouling boats and marine structures,” says Ms Easton. The fanworm has become established in Lyttelton Port, the wider Waitemata Harbour in Auckland and in Whangarei Harbour. The worm can be transported on dirty boat hulls, inside sea chests and emergency fire intakes. Boat operators are reminded to keep hulls clean, ensure the antifouling paint is in good condition and to always check their hulls and equipment such as buoys, boat trailers and fishing gear to prevent transferring the pest between locations. Read more >>

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