Northern News : November 23rd 2011
8 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 NEWS It's your money they're wasting There's nothing clean and green about this scene It's a filthy mess. But the dumpers don't care. They're quite happy to let someone else pay for the clean up. And that someone is YOU. It's YOUR money they're wasting. Their trash---your cash. BUT NOT IF WE CATCH THEM. When we find them, we'll fine them up to $400 or prosecute. Then it will be their trash AND their cash. So we'd like your help. Tell us what you see and we'll do the rest. It's time to get tough CAN DIRTY DUMPING! Report illegally dumped rubbish, or let us know the details of someone illegally dumping. CALL 0800 920 029 in confidence Or go to www.fndc.govt.nz and contact us WE WILL MAKE THEM PAY YOU'RE ENTITLED TO BE ANGRY YOU'RE ENTITLED TO BE ANGRY WIN $10,000 towards your new kitchen enter online today at www.naturaltimbercreations.co.nz Kitchens of distinction If disaster struck ... Oil spill: The grounding of the Rena container ship off Tauranga raises concerns for Northland. Northlanders are being invited to a public meeting in Whangarei later this month to hear what preparations the region has in place to deal with marine oil spills. The Northland Regional Coun- cil is organising the meeting to be held at 5.30pm on November 29 at Whangarei s Capitaine Bougain- ville Theatre, Forum North, in the wake of the recent Rena container ship grounding off Tauranga. The hour-long meeting will include time for public questions after presentations by the regional council s acting chief executive officer Tony Phipps, and the council s regional harbour- master Jim Lyle. Northland has long been con- sidered one of the parts of New Zealand most at risk of a medium to large (50 tonne-plus) oil spill because it s home to the Marsden Pt oil refinery, Mr Phipps says. A large volume of shipping passes through its waters so I hope as many people as possible will attend the meeting. $100 reward for dumping A $100 bounty will be offered to people with information that helps the Far North District Council identify illegal rubbish dumpers. The council has received 284 complaints about illegal dumping since November last year, resulting in it issu- ing about 30 fines. But the money recovered from fines doesn t cover removal and disposal costs which total about $60,000 a year. The council wants to create a zero-tolerance culture around illegal rubbish dumping and is looking to the public to dob in dirty dumpers. We are offering a bounty of $100 for infor- mation and a further $200 where this leads to a successful prosec- ution, infrastructure and asset manager David Penny said. Mr Penny asks the community to get behind the campaign to end illegal rubbish dumping which threatens the dis- trict s two biggest earners and employers -- farming and tourism. The council will moni- tor illegal dump sites and impose instant fines of up to $400 or pros- ecute rubbish dumpers through the courts with the possibility of fines of up to $5000 for each offence. Cameras are being used at known illegal dumping spots and we will pursue any person who ignores the no dumping signs. The council will also get tougher on people who don t buy pre-paid stickers or bags and dump their rubbish in designated collection points or at transfer sta- tions outside advertised drop-off or opening times. Surely a $2.50 to $3 bag or sticker is better than running the risk of a $400 fine. Phone 0800-920-029 if you have information about illegal rubbish dumpers. Waste volumes reduced A 50 percent reduction in waste volumes that went to landfills three years ago is achievable by the end of 2013, the Far North District Council says. People in the district disposed of 410kg of rub- bish each in 2007/08. That figure had dropped to 302kg at the end of the last financial year, thanks to people producing less waste and recycling more. Council infrastructure and asset manager David Penny praises the district for surpassing the council s intermedi- ate waste reduction goal of 320 kg per person by coming in at 302kg in June. The challenge now is to reduce waste to landfill to 260kg per per- son and the council plans to increase the number of recycling centres around the district to help achieve this goal. The community is now recycling more of its waste because recycling facilities are more accessible, Mr Penny says. We ask people to make every effort to recycle glass bottles and jars because about 30 percent is ending up in landfills. The council is also investigating the feasi- bility of recovering wood waste for energy or fuel generation. We re starting to look at waste as an oppor- tunity to create jobs, make money for the dis- trict and reduce our dependency on the dwin- dling supply of fossil fuels. Benefits of rail spelt out The Green Party candi- date for Northland, Pauline Evans, wants to know why the National Party is considering mothballing Northland s railway without ser- iously investigating the benefits of rail to the future of tourism. Rail, according to Ms Evans, is a sustainable form of transport that will be essential as the price of oil increases and would create a new gen- eration of economic growth for the North. Trains would also be used by locals to get to Auckland, she says. Mothballing our rail should not be an option. Weekenders and tou- rists arriving by train could rent vehicles or pick up bus tours and have access to the new cycleway, injecting vital tourist dollars and cre- ating jobs. Last month at a Save Northland Rail meeting in Whangarei, those attending were told that South Pacific Express is interested in developing a top-end Kiwi-style sleeper train, a hotel on rails, which would take travellers on a classic New Zealand rail journey that showcases New Zealand. Eliminating the Auckland-Northland rail network would weaken the value of this rail journey that could become an icon of the South Pacific tourism industry, Ms Evans says. This kind of big pic- ture regional develop- ment would inject money into some of the poorest areas in Northland. I would expect John Key, as Minister of Tour- ism, to back Northland rail on the tourism benefits alone.
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