Waiheke Marketplace : March 2nd 2011
Police kept busy with loose wheels and domestic assaults Police have been informed of ongoing un- lawful interference with a Toyota ute owned by the Waiheke Weed Con- trol Trust. In one incident the wheelnuts on all wheels were loosened and a front wheel came off while being driven. Police are taking the incident very seriously. Anyone with any infor- mation on the offenders should phone 372-1156 in confidence. Domestic assaults kept police busy this week. They arrested a 46-year-old Onetangi woman on February 25, for assaulting her part- ner. The next day, they arrested a 30-year-old Ostend man for twice assaulting a woman in a domestic incident and for wilful damage. He appeared in court the same day. A 29-year-old Wey- mouth man was arrested on Saturday for assaulting another man, and a 44-year-old man from Pakuranga was arrested for assaulting a man. On Sunday, police arrested a 41-year-old Surfdale man for assaulting his partner in a domestic incident. 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Auckland Council's Environment and Sustainability Forum has begun a process of rethinking existing waste management systems which are only 15 percent under council control. It plans to develop a Waste Management Minimisation Plan in a process that will involve public consultation on the range of services proposed for the region, including rural areas and the Gulf Islands. The plan will detail the services to be provided around the region and is statutorily required to be in place by July 2012, superseding the eight former councils' waste plans. Local board waste spokeswoman Denise Roche says the consul- tation process with islanders will begin within the next eight weeks. She hopes the island will end up with more local control of its waste as national and international studies show local communities involvement reduces waste''. This view is echoed by Waitemata and Gulf councillor Mike Lee who believes the transfer of the waste management contract of locally based Clean Stream to the multi-national Transpa- cific Industries was very poorly handled'' by the former Auckland City Council. The now defunct city council awarded the 10-year refuse and recycling contract to Transpacific in 2009 against the wishes of Waiheke residents and some councillors. Mr Lee says: Waste management is a very important issue for Wai- heke people. While I understand Transpacific has a very long contract locked in -- I am sure that if the council gets a strong and clear indi- cation from Waiheke about how waste man- agement processes could be improved it could approach Transpacific with these ideas and get things improved.'' Mr Lee's wishes might not be in vain, as chair- man of the Environment and Sustainability Forum Wayne Walker believes the council does have an influence over the long term waste con- tract for Waiheke. It can and needs to be re-negotiated -- hopefully it is one of the things we will be exploring,'' he says. Mr Walker says the development of a new waste management stra- tegic plan gives us maximum opportunity to create a customised approach for Waiheke''. I would like to see local involvement and enhance local business opportunities,'' he says. John Dragicevich, Auckland Council man- ager of infrastructure and environmental services, says officers have already signalled that due to the geo- graphic isolation of the Gulf islands and Great Barrier, a separate sub- section of council's Waste Management and Mini- misation Plan for the islands may be appro- priate''. Mr Walker says the council needs to pick the best of existing rubbish and recycling models, look at new innovations and increase its involve- ment and influence over the waste stream so bet- ter outcomes can be achieved''. Auckland Council has the opportunity to take steps that will achieve considerable savings and efficiencies, dramatically reduce waste going to landfill, cut Auckland's carbon footprint and pro- vide higher levels of ser- vice,'' he says. We rec- ommend that over time, Auckland Council streamlines some of the region's existing waste services, looks to add new systems for organic waste and to increase its influence over the entire waste stream, ideally working in collaboration with the waste industry to achieve environ- mental, social and econ- omic benefits.'' Island residents are offered either red bags or wheelie bins for landfill rubbish, and a co- mingled recycling system that transports recyclab- les to the Visy plant in Onehunga. Green waste is mulched by local com- pany Greenacres and remains on the island. Separated recyclables can be delivered to the tip and remain as higher-grade separated recyclables. Transpacific has invested in a new eight- month building project at the transfer station on Ostend Rd which is due to open in April. Workshop initiative Residents are invited to a free workshop to learn about community-led planning initiatives that can help deliver com- munity priorities. The workshop will run from 10am to midday on March 7 at Waiheke Sports Club in Ostend. It will feature speakers from The Tamaki Inclus- ive Engagement Strat- egy, Flaxroots and the Campbells Bay Com- munity Association. The community engagement team at Auckland Coun- cil has also been invited. Organiser Marijke Ransom says the event will be filmed and she will schedule a follow-up session in the evening or at the weekend for those who can't make it on Monday. The aim of the work- shop is to instil inspi- ration and assist true partnership between the local council and the community,'' she says. Email OORRAssocia- tion@gmail to register. See www.flaxroots. org.nz for more info on community-led planning.
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