INDEPENDENT NEWS

Volunteer effort “massive”

Published: Mon 8 Apr 2019 03:01 PM
A massive effort from volunteers over the weekend of 6-7 April has cleared significant amounts of rubbish from the area just north and south of the Fox River in South Westland.
“The initial clean-up of this area is now almost complete,” says Westland District Mayor Bruce Smith. “It’s a good start, however we’ve still got a big job ahead of us”.
While there is still a lot of work to, Bruce Smith says the scale of the rubbish dispersal from the flooded Fox River site is smaller than originally reported.
“Initial reports suggested rubbish from the Fox River Landfill was very widespread. However, aerial surveys during the last couple of days have confirmed the area affected is confined to about 50km of coastline, from approximately 10km south of the Fox River northward.”
The Mayor said reports of rubbish on Fiordland beaches have been investigated and confirmed as not from the old Fox River landfill. “It is from a different source,” he said.
Westland District Council is being supported in the clean-up, with a specialist incident team from Maritime New Zealand now coordinating the response. There is also continued support from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Department of Conservation, specialists from the Ministry for the Environment and the West Coast Regional Council.
The Fox River and surrounds have been identified as the worst effected, with heavy items lodged in-river and through the bush and land surrounding it. The clean-up of the mid and upper stretches of the river has been identified as too hazardous for volunteers to help with. Teams of people familiar with the difficult conditions on the river and able to use specialised equipment will clear the rubbish in these areas.
Ground access to areas of coastline is being organised with landholder. Access ways will be made safe for people to use in order to reach the beaches.
As well as volunteers assisting with the clean-up, the local business community has put its weight behind the clean-up, with staff time, accommodation and food being provided for volunteers and clean-up teams.
“It’s great to see everyone mucking in to help us restore our wonderful natural environment” says Bruce Smith.
People who want to help with the clean-up should contact foxlandfillresponse@westlanddc.govt.nz with the dates they are available and any specialised skills they might have. Volunteers will need to ensure they bring adequate food and suitable clothing and footwear as well as sunscreen and insect repellent. Updates are available on the South Westland Coastal Clean-up Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/southwestlandcoastalcleanup/

Next in New Zealand politics

International Children’s Day
By: Office of the Children's Commissioner
Proposed electorate boundaries released
By: Representation Commission
Banned firearms: 'There's effectively a permanent amnesty'
By: RNZ
National interest test added to overseas investment rules
By: New Zealand Government
Electoral Law Breach Allegations
By: New Zealand First Party
Gordon Campbell on Labour’s age problem, and the Port Hills
By: Gordon Campbell
Visit takes royals from Waitangi to Christchurch
By: RNZ
Making progress for our kids
By: New Zealand Government
Child rights advocates pleased with Government recommitment
By: Save The Children
Chester Borrows condemns the use of police cells for childr
By: Amnesty International
Barnardos marks 30 years of children’s rights with picnic
By: Barnardos
Children paying a high price for inequality
By: OECD
Representation Commission Gets Epsom Right
By: ACT New Zealand
New Boundaries Generate Call for Electoral System Re-Vamp
By: Social Credit
Gun amnesty extension shows Parliament has failed
By: ACT New Zealand
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media