Friday, 19 September 2008

Blueskin News radio briefs

Around 150 people packed Waitati Hall on Wednesday night to discuss
the possibility of reinstating a West Harbour and North Coast commuter
train.

Local MPs and representatives of Dunedin City and Otago Regional
Councils were on hand to hear Blueskin Bay residents call for the
reintroduction of the service.

While there was overwhelming support for the idea, the meeting was
left in no doubt that considerable obstacles would first need to be
overcome.

Boil your water. That's the instruction from Dunedin City Council to
Blueskin Bay and Waikouaiti residents.

From Monday all drinking water should be boiled for one minute before
being used. This includes water for food preparation and cleaning
teeth.

The boiling of water will be required until next February while work
on the Waikouaiti Water Treatment Plant is completed.

Volunteers are being sought to help plant up to 300 plants in the
Warrington Reserve this Sunday.

Spokeswoman Karen Hobday says the race is on to get the plants in the
ground as they should have been planted some time ago.

They were an unexpected donation, having been left over from another
planting project.

She says volunteers should meet at the planting site on Warrington
Domain at 10 am, or any time until 3pm, preferably bringing a spade.

Seacliff residents are invited to take part in an eight-week
sustainable living course which begins next month.

Facilitated by Dr Maureen Howard the course will offer practical tips
that make a difference to the environment while saving you money.

It will be held on Wednesday evenings. Details can be found on the
Blueskin News website.

The Waitati Edible Gardening Group is selling a vegetable gardening
chart for the area, compiled by local plantsman, Jason Ross.

Copies are available from Taste Nature in Moray Place in the city or
at Blueskin Bay Library. They cost just $5.

More about these and other stories can be found on Blueskin Bay's
local volunteer news website, blueskin.co.nz.

by Lynnaire Johnston

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