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Wednesday October 11 2017
Ferrymead Rotary grants behind community projects Ferrymead Rotary Club member Barbara Crooks writes about neighbourhood inititives which the club supports ONE OF the few positive outcomes of the February 22, 2011, earthquake, was the reinforcement of the value of neighbours. Several major donors gave funds to Rotary to help neighbourhoods come together and to support local community projects. Further donations have allowed Rotary’s neighbourhood committee to continue to support community activities and projects at a local level. These grants are channelled through local Rotary clubs. Ferrymead Rotary has been involved in a dozen or so of these. The club has two on the go right now – the Mt Pleasant Response and Resilience team and the South Brighton Residents’ Association. Robin Arnold, who coordinates Mt Pleasant Response and Resilience, says the grant will be used primarily to assemble community emergency supplies, which will be kept at Mt Pleasant School.
IMPROVED: Rotary grants were used to fund native planting on Rocking Horse Rd.
She has a group of local volunteers working to set up a core community response group with relevant knowledge, or access to it. This also involves developing a basic emergency plan and broadening the role of neighbourhood support groups beyond crime watch to include emergency procedures. In South Brighton, the residents’ association is using its grant for planting on Rocking Horse Rd. It’s a two-year project to plant natives in beds on street corners down both sides of the road and along the
Ellesmere algal bloom health warning lifted THE ALGAL bloom health said Environment Canterbury’s warning on Te Waihora/Lake sampling of the lake would Ellesmere has been lifted, continue on a monthly more than three years basis. after it was put in place. “The public will be Recent water testing informed when testing by the Canterbury shows that concentrations District Health Board have increased and there has shown the quantity is a risk to public health of potentially toxic blueagain, which is likely to be green algae (planktonic in the summer months,” he Alistair cyanobacteria) in the lake Humphrey said. has decreased. Exposure to algal bloom Concentrations are can cause skin rashes, now below the levels that were of nausea, stomach cramps, concern to public health. tingling and numbness around The warning was issued in the mouth and fingertips. February 2014. When a warning is in place, Canterbury medical officer people should not touch the of health Alistair Humphrey water or drink it at any time.
central island. “The road had become sad and neglected,” said association vice-president Lynda Burdekin, who is co-ordinating the project. “It’s such a nice place to live, we want to make the road really nice as well. “ •Ferrymead Rotary meets at Speights Ferrymead at 5.45pm on Tuesdays. For more information, get in touch with secretary Kai Tovgaard on 384 9485 or president Roger Chapman on 384 1300.
WATER ISSUES: The algal bloom health warning for Lake Ellesmere has been lifted.
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