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Wednesday January 24 2018

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Your Local Views Help reduce plastic pollution Lincoln Envirotown trustee Dr Sue Jarvis writes about the trust’s plan to reduce the amount of plastic Selwyn residents throw away I have just read that New Zealanders throw away 541 million plastic straws a year and straws are the most common items collected during beach clean-ups. And what about all the plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic tooth brushes and all the other throw away plastic items?   It seems that sea life is mistaking

bits of plastic for food, which then gets into the food chain – even into us. Sea life is also killed trying to eat or getting caught in plastic. There are health effects of compounds such as plasticizers that leach out of plastic containers into our food – some of which are hormone mimics affecting human and animal hormones and may contribute to the reproductive problems in fish (such as producing all females), reduced sperm

DANGER: Sea life is killed trying to eat or getting caught in plastic.

count in humans and possibly cancers. So I am passionate about reducing the amount of plastics we use and throw away – and Lincoln Envirotown Trust is planning to make this one of the projects for 2018. Of course, Lincoln Envirotown has been working on reducing waste, including plastics, since 2006 when we first started, with one of our first actions being the delivery of reusable shopping bags to all Lincoln residents. Last year we were involved in many Selwyn-wide environmental efforts such as The Responsible Business Awards, battery recycling, the Kim Hill Hot Topic (water), KidsFest holiday programme, cleaning up the Liffey Stream and monitoring its water quality, fruit trees in schools and the huge Bioblitz event. This year – we’ll have most of those plus a new, exciting Matariki event. If anyone else wants to help reduce the plastic pollution, check out www.facebook.com/ LincolnEnvirotown or phone Sue on 329 5858. Everyone is welcome to come to the LET meetings, first Monday of the month 7pm, Lincoln Event Centre. We often have interesting speakers – go along and get involved.

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A reader has their say on consultation over a new bus service trial between Ellesmere and Christchurch Val McTurk – I live at Leeston and commute to Lincoln most days to take a bus into the city. I would like to see a bus service from Southbridge through Leeston, even if it connected with the Lincoln express bus which leaves Lincoln University at 7.20am each morning. You could return on the express which leaves at approximately 5.20pm each day to Lincoln where a connecting bus through to Leeston/ Southbridge would be available for the workers. Some 20 odd years ago, my late husband drove the bus from Southbridge through to the city via Hornby. He did a number of trips during the day through to Lincoln with the last bus leaving the city at 5.10pm through to Southbridge. It worked well until the service was deleted. Prior to that, a service ran right through to Southbridge from the city. Leeston and Southbridge are growing with triple the

number of people now living in Leeston as opposed to back in the early 1990s when we lived out there. There are numerous new sub divisions going up. I am sure a number of retired people would use a bus service from Southbridge/Leeston to go to Lincoln or to Hornby, which is unable to be reached at the moment by the bus services provided. It goes down Springs Rd and diverts at the roundabout to go down Blenheim Rd and misses out Hornby and Church Corner totally which is silly. Most people from the Leeston/Lincoln area like to shop at Hornby or Church Corner. The service would have to be cost effective and convenient for the passenger, otherwise people will not use the service if it is too expensive.

Protect your Property from Pests Environment Canterbury is hosting a community meeting to discuss biosecurity pests in West Melton, including: Rabbits

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Come along and find out more about these pests and talk to Biosecurity staff about your responsibilities, the work Environment Canterbury is doing and how to protect your property. All welcome

West Melton Community Centre Wednesday 31 January | 7:00 – 9:00 pm

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