Kapi-Mana News : June 28th 2011
6 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 28, 2011 City Focus Action for the Environment The work of Mana Recovery, operators of Trash Palace, has been given the thumbs up by the Ministry for the Environment with a 2011 Green Ribbon Award for Community Action for the Environment. he Council's Village Planning Pro- amme continues to work alongside ur city's diverse neighbourhoods to en- ure their villages are the best they can he latest happenings include the comp e walkway above Titahi Bay Beach, wh eing replanted by the community. Also, the public loos at the Bay Drive entrance are being given a spruce-up. Meanwhile in Pauatahanui, giant concrete cockle shells now decorate the village's garden beds and wider, more attractive pathways have made pedes- trian access easier and more pleasant. Go to our website www.pcc.govt.nz for more on this exciting programme, and if you want to receive regular updates on the village work just email Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org. Award-winning village work continues Trash Palace Supervisor Vanessa Clark and Council Zero Waste Coordinator Dee Jones say the team and volunteers at Mana Recovery work together for the good of the environment and people. from city libraries or the Council's main offices and learn how to reduce the amount of rubbish going to our landfill. It saves you money on rubbish bags too! Pick up a recycling wheel Porirua City will be refunded nearly $100,000 after saving millions of litres of water. The latest water account from Greater Wellington Regional Council includes a credit of $96,833 for the year, thanks to a number of measures put in place in the last three years. The Council reduced water pressure in the CBD, upped its leak detection technology and water flow monitoring, and since 2008 introduced $1 million per annum in the Long Term Plan for pipeline renewals. "The Council decided instead of spend- ing money on maintaining old leaky pipes, it was better to invest in new as- sets that are better for the environment and the back pocket," says Water and Drainage Engineer Des Scrimgeour. All the measures taken in the last three water savings just the beginning $100,000 years also mean the 2009 forecasted budget for bulk water for 2010/11 is now under-budget by about $400,000. Plus, maintenance costs have dropped by $200,000. These significant savings will now be factored into the planning on infrastruc- ture spending for the next 10-year plan. Water and Drainage Manager Phil Nordberg says keeping a close eye on the system and checking any discrep- ancies when they arise has also saved a lot of waste. "We can compare usage from dif- ferent catchments and if we see an increase somewhere, we ask why? It's importanttobeproactivetofind the leaks. "This means that come 20 July, instead of writing a cheque to Greater Wellington we will be receiving one." From 1 July 2011, how and when the Council meets will change. Instead of two com- mittees (Strategy, Finance and Regulatory Committee and City Services) there will be just one single committee made up of the Mayor and all 13 councillors. Called the Council Committee, it will meet every two weeks and will be chaired by Councillor Euon Murrell. Deputy Chairpersons are Councillors Ana Coffey and Fa'amatuainu Wayne Poutoa. Full Council will now meet every four weeks instead of six-weekly. There's also a new Portfolio system where Councillors can champion spe- cific areas of work. For more on the Council meetings go to our website pcc.govt.nz. Council Meetings for July 2011: Council Committee, 21 July at 8.30am. Full Council, 27 July at 5.30pm. Changes afoot at council Since 1996, Mana Recovery has been providing sustainability focussed business initiatives for people with mental health needs. Porirua City Council and local businesses have helped. These initiatives have helped people develop socially, gain employment skills and build confidence to be more active members of the community. At the awards ceremony on Thursday 9 June, the Hon Dr Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment, spoke about Mana Recovery's commit- ment to the environment. "Mana Recovery is a clear leader in sustainable social enterprise. They have a strong waste minimisation and sustainability focus and provide a social, economic and environmental benefitin partnership with the local community." Mana Recovery has a range of business services that the community can support, from business recycling collections to small contract work, grounds mainte- nance and landscaping. At Trash Palace people can drop off their unwanted household goods including whiteware, metal and electronic waste and also shop in the second hand treasure trove.
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