Waiheke Marketplace : April 11th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 5 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, APRIL 11, 2012 NEWS 4481349AA WAIHEKE LOCAL BOARD • COMPETENT & PROFESSIONAL • LOCAL BODY EXPERIENCE • PASSIONATE ABOUT WAIHEKE VOTE HERB ROMANIUK Authorised by H.M. Romaniuk 44 Tiri View Road, Palm Beach, Waiheke Businesses can save energy Businesses interested in gaining environmental credentials and saving money can enrol now for the 2012 Eco Smart Business programme. Itisrunbythe Employers and Manufac- turers Association with support from the Auck- land Council and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority. It provides businesses with practical assistance to improve their environ- mental and financial per- formance, including sup- port on tackling waste minimisation and energy efficiency. Phone Auckland Coun- cil on 301 0101 for infor- mation. VOTE GRAHAM HOOPER FOR BALANCE ON THE BOARD I can work with the Waiheke Board for positive results A protest vote is a wasted vote as4beats1 Authorised by Graham Hooper 101 Wilma Rd, Ostend, Waiheke Island 1081 4510943AA It comes down to two votes - yours and mine (then two from the Waiheke Board) Winning is not just about getting the most votes. Hearings start on waste plan Waste issues: Forty-two per cent of householders opt for the blue recycling bin since their launch in 2009. Public hearings have begun on the region-wide plan to reduce household and commercial waste. A panel of councillors and independent commissioners has been looking at more than 2000 submissions to the draft docu- ment called the Waste Manage- ment and Minimisation Plan. About 1.2 million tonnes of Auckland's household and com- mercial waste is sent to landfill each year. The Waiheke Local Board prepared its own submission after taking into consideration the 103 submissions from island residents. Chairwoman Faye Storer presented the board's sub- mission to the hearings panel on March 26. She says: The main thrust of the submission was about choice. Whether it's wheelie- bins or red bags, the objective is to reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill.'' Ms Storer says while 42 per cent of householders are opting to use the blue recycling wheelie bins, one of the key issues from Waiheke submissions was a concern that the co-mingling of the recyclab- les in the bins produces an inferior end product. I heard at the hearings that technology is working hard to overcome this.'' Red wheelie bin use has also increased with a 35 per cent uptake. Ms Storer says the bins are particularly popular with real estate agencies who man- age properties on behalf of owners. On Rakino island residents take their refuse to a drop-off site and they want to keep that system. At the hearings, it was clear Great Barrier Island also wants to retain its drop off system as people don't want bins or bags cluttering the roadsides when they are so dependent on the visitor industry,'' Ms Storer says. One option on the table for composting food waste is for residents to put it out in a third recycling bin. Ms Storer says: We have said no to that for Waiheke as most people can take care of their food scraps with worm bins, chooks or compost bins. But we do believe there should be a central composting system for the supermarket or the restaurants. I've been at the transfer station and seen the fruit and vege waste piled high coming in from the supermar- ket.'' The final plan is due to be approved by councillors mid- year with any kerbside collec- tion changes implemented from 2015. Squash courts proposed for Surfdale The island could get its own squash courts if plans work out. Waiheke Local Board member Jim Hannan has been talking to the Waiheke Bowling Club com- mittee about the feasibility of adding up to four courts to its Surfdale premises. Mr Hannan says discussions are in their early stages and there are a number of options on how the courts could be built, and how funding can be sought. We already know there's quite a bit of interest in building squash courts on the island, and it's like a lot of sports -- we need to get the youngsters in early.'' Mr Hannan says although there will be many hoops to overcome'' he will call a public meeting in the next few months. I hope it will be sooner rather than later,'' he says. Hard work wins Bonnie time at Outward Bound Dedicated volunteer: Bonnie Watts will attend an Outward Bound course as a reward from Coastguard. Coastguard volunteer Bonnie Watts has been awarded an Out- ward Bound scholarship in rec- ognition of her dedication and contribution to the organisation. Ms Watts will attend the 21-day course in July. Coastguard Waiheke presi- dent Rebecca Armstrong says Bonnie is a worthy recipient of the scholarship -- one of just five available to Coastguard volun- teers nationwide. We believe that putting Bonnie forward for the Outward Bound scholarship will improve her abilities as a trainee volun- teer and assist in her develop- ment as a person and team member. Bonnie joined our unit at just 17 years old which is the youngest age that we accept volunteers. Since then she has already obtained her day skipper, VHF marine radio and first aid certificates which is testament to her ongoing commitment to Coastguard.'' The keen young volunteer plays an integral role in the organisation. She attends wet training days, volunteering for duty boat crews, attending evening edu- cation modules and assisting in fundraising. And that's while she is completing her final year at high school. Bonnie is proving to be an absolute asset to the unit,'' Ms Armstrong says. And there is no doubt that the Outward Bound course will help her continue to reach her full potential.''
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