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December 19, 2018 December 2019 No Comments

Gosh here we are again writing for the December issue of the Star – who can believe that a whole year,  has vanished into thin air….

I had great pleasure in representing Mayor Viv Napier and the whole South Wairarapa District at the Martinborough Fire Brigade Gold Star presentation to Peter Fisher for his 25 years with the Fire Service. On behalf of Council I presented a certificate recognising 25 years’ service to the Community. Pete is an absolute inspiration to everyone both in his achievements with the Fire Service and in his personal life.  It was a heart-warming moment when unexpectedly, Pete’s father, who is also in the Fire Service, was asked to present the Gold Star medal, for 25 years’ service, to Pete.

Pete, we wish you well for the future and look forward to hearing of your achievements over the next 25 years!!

Waste Minimalization is a topic dear to my heart and I have been fortunate to be able to attend a recent forum in Kapiti, along with Councillor Margaret Craig.  It is exceedingly interesting to learn of the initiatives people and businesses are taking to minimize the amount of waste going to our landfills.  We were able to visit Second Life Plastics in Levin and see huge amounts of plastic waste that is being recycled into very useable products that are in great demand in the business sector.

We also had a presentation by Richard Moore of Polypalace whose business recycles polystyrene which is compacted and made into polystyrene blocks that can then be reused.

I can only urge residents in our district, to look at what they are putting out in the way of rubbish going into our landfill and revisit this and see if more can be recycled through our recycling bins, or else composted at home. Maybe this could be a New Year resolution – we might surprise each other on how successful this could be.

On behalf of Jeppy, Pip and myself, we would like to wish you all a happy and safe holiday season, a lovely Christmas and all the very best for 2019. 

Pam Colenso 0274414892 Pam.colenso@swdc.govt.nz

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