Our most recent members to the Greener Neighbourhoods project are from the Goldsborough Ave, Gabriel Street and Nugget Grove (GGN) neighbourhood in Raumati Beach. They organised a post-flood beach clean-up on Saturday to clean up rubbish left on the beach after last month’s flooding.
After the storms, a member of the public rang the council to express their concern about the amount of litter that had been washed up on the beach. The residents of the GGN neighbourhood in Raumati Beach are new to Greener Neighbourhoods, but after a call from council’s sustainable communities coordinator, they quickly sprung into action and the litter clean up was soon advertised through flyers, facebook and on local radio.
Kate Foley, one of the lead contacts for the GGN neighbourhood contacted Raumati Beach school to let them know about the litter clean up. Members of the Raumati Beach School Association and the school’s EcoTeam were soon on board and spot prizes were kindly donated by water engineering firm, WaterOutlook. The weather held out and forty people turned up to clean the beach. At least a dozen rubbish bags were filled with rubbish which included a broken chair, a traffic cone, a punctured lilo and four old car tyres.
“It was a really encouraging sight to see people from our local community getting together to look after one of our most valuable amenities, our beach. It provided a great opportunity to meet other “Raumaitians”, connect and share ideas about other ways to build stronger neighbourhoods and a community. Everyone that came along should feel proud about their contribution to making a difference in our community,” Mrs Foley said.
Rubbish bags, gloves and rubbish bag pick-up was provided free through Kāpiti Coast District Council, as part of their commitment to waste minimisation and supporting sustainable community projects. What a great community effort!