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Tidying the Taieri

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An Otago Community Board hopes to involve local people in improving their environment by inviting residents to adopt a spot to tidy, learning more about recycling, or cheaply disposing of electronic waste.

As part of the Festival of the Plain this month, the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board is organising a series of events called Pride in our Place. This is the first year Pride in our Place will be held.

Festival of the Plain President, Joy Davis.

“We are looking at growing pride in the Taieri, whilst tidying up our town, and looking to see what we can do to enhance it,” the Festival President, Joy Davis, says.

Pride in our Place will include an evening where households can learn how to minimise waste and maximise recycling on February 21; and two Tidy the Taieri family fun days at Berwick and Mosgiel on February 24.

These days will include entertainment, a barbecue and tidying-up activities.

“It will be a general tidy up – we’re making it fun,” Joy says.

Also on February 24 in Mosgiel, the Community Board is sponsoring a van and staff from Cargill Enterprises to provide electronic waste collection.

Joy says people can bring unwanted electronic equipment and dispose of this for a small fee. The larger the item, the more it will cost.

The aim is to save people driving to the Green Island landfill, which she says can be expensive for electronic goods disposal. A one-off Mosgiel collection point is particularly convenient for older citizens, she says.

Another Pride in our Place activity will be Adopt a Spot. Local people will be able to nominate a place they would like to regularly keep litter-free and looking tidy.

I can, when I’m out walking … pick up any litter I see or let someone know ‘that sign’s broken’. This is for when people are out walking anyway, as part of their daily routine.”

The Community Board is also investigating providing more dog poo bag dispensers to try and reduce the dog deposits left on streets.

The Pride in our Place initiative emerged out of the Community Board’s annual plan. Joy says the board chairwoman, Sarah Nitis, and member, Phillipa Bain, are organising the initiative.

Waste not, want not: Mosgiel-Taieri residents can learn about recycling during the Pride in our Place initiative in late February.

The Board is partnering with the Dunedin City Council and Keep Dunedin Beautiful. Communication is occurring with the Greater Green Island Community Network about possible collaboration, as this network encourages its community to “think green”.

According to the Mosgiel Business Association website, about 17,000 people live on the Taieri Plain. Mosgiel is the main service town for the plain’s farming community.

Joy says Pride in our Place will be part of various activities during the Festival of the Plain. These include a Community Patrol Quiz Night, Seniors Expo, Family Film Night and Party in the Park.

The festival will be accessible to all “ages and stages” and events either free or inexpensive, she says.

“We’re looking forward to having four or five days … that people can just get together and be community. And looking forward to lots of people coming over the hill from Dunedin and joining us.”

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