We Take Sustainability Seriously
Close down eagle air flight school! These planes produce lots of carbon emissions and noise pollution over the city. They only train international students in preparation for Vietnam Airlines and all profits go back to Vietnam. A handful of instructors jobs VS air and noise pollution at high levels?
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Waste minimisation isn't a focus anymore because there is no waste. Food scraps are composted and there is a circular economy around recycling and reworking "rubbish" into new products. All our riverbanks are planted in natives and the birds are back - noxious weeds are gone. We have a wetland system that deals with water treatment and we also have a council/private enterprise JV that treats waste water so that crops are watered. This system means we can continue to grow crops even though we are getting a lot more droughts with the new climate that we live with.
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Petrochemical plastics are no more - hemp plastic is now common and can be home composted. Every neighbourhood has composting facilities using an app - showing who has a bin with space and who needs to get rid of their food scraps. Permaculture and urban agriculture is taking off, and larger companies are responding to changing consumer desires of no fertiliser or insecticides/herbicides. Council reserves and land are planted with low maintenance natives - and in the urban area there are areas where the public can collect fruit from a network of mini-orchards. All buildings that house businesses in the urban area install solar panels, and homes are encouraged to uptake a mix of solar and wind energy (which is subsidised).
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Water Supply, Quality, Waste Water Management and Power Supply are essential to our well being and our environment now and into the future!

Water Supply, Quality and Waste Water Mngment have been issues to generations - Council have been doing the nice to do's, worried about the next election, if they'll get in and not doing what essential - SORT IT!
Call multiple Hui with Iwi/Maori to find way forward, matauranga Maori is an under-tapped resource. Support and only provide contracts locally, grow partnership opportunities with Iwi, Hapu/Marae creating a Win-Win in our community - Supporting, growing and investing in our future, including providing mentoring employment opportunities for Tairawhiti Youth esp Maori and Pacifica!

Invest in opportunities to recycle, to create infrastructure that solves multiple issues like using refuse / recycle waste to contribute towards our power supply issues. Do less projects but achieve more over the long-term, invest in solutions that offer longer-term solutions.

Make Mayor, Councilor and Council Leadership/Management staff expenditure more accountable, accessible and visible to our community, and explain the expenditure against strategic priorities - I want to see more straight-up accountability from our Council and staff. Tairawhiti community doesn't / shouldn't try and keep up with larger regions, we're don't need to look like we're keeping up, so stop wasting our rates on non-essentials (get those major projects majority funding by govt.). The last consultation for the Pool re-development didn't provide an even lower cost option like only repairing existing infrastructure, keep as is!
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I support the aspiration of creating a circular economy for Tairawhiti. We should all be consuming less, using active transport more often, reducing our use of fossil fuels, and looking at ways we can live more simply.
Developing cycle/walking paths and regional trails will encourage more active transport, better connected communities, a sense of community, and will increase transport sustainability. Trails linking areas and sites of heritage, cultural and historic importance will encourage a sense of connection to our place, and when we walk and cycle we greet each other, encouraging a sense of community. Regional trail development creates opportunities for low footprint tourism.
Reinstatement of the railway line will improve our transport resilience and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. There would even be an opportunity to electrify the railway line. Passenger rail services would provide a comfortable and affordable way to travel, reducing the need to fly, or to drive private cars. Bus travel on SH2, although it currently presents a more ecologically acceptable choice, makes passengers travel sick. Rail travel is an attractive alternative.
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Our waste water system should be the number one priority for the GDC. No sewage should be allowed to go in to our rivers or sea at any time - neither should mortuary waste. GDC should research how this is being dealt with around the rest of the world or even around Aotearoa. GDC should then look to resource and implement some better systems here in Turanganui a Kiwa.
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Please make this outcome should be of top priority. Currently we have a sewage system that can't cope and we transport our rubbish and septic solids out to other regions. This is not acceptable or sustainable.
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The collection and use of slash as an energy source is a really good one and should be explored more. While the feasibility of a CHP energy plant is looked into, the most simple form of this would be to provide collection points where people could come and collect their own firewood from slash debris. This would help to minimise environmental impacts of slash and also help families.
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Tairawhiti's own Resource Recovery Centre, as in Raglan (established 20+ years ago) which now works to successfully divert 76% of the town's waste from landfill. Gisborne could do the same to re-purpose, re-use and recycle our HUGE amount of waste. At the same time creating an place to educate, motivate and connect our community. Eventually employing many, with opportunities for retired trades to teach younger generations how to fix a light, build a table or grow seedlings etc. At this time, with the challenges that lie ahead, the opportunities that such a centre could create are many. This is the time to get this going!
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All events held in the region need to submit a zero waste (minimum waste) plan that details what/how etc to ensure that such events are not creating mountains of landfill waste (and not even sorting organic waste). There needs to be strict guidelines and accountability. Alternatives do cost more but profits simply have to stop being the number one priority.
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Eliminate organic waste in landfill. This cannot continue.
Implement a community wide compost scheme, making compost facilities accessible to all.
Using such a system as the NZ box Ltd compost box ( hot compost, rat proof, portable and, with good management, leachate, smell and flies can be eliminated)
Schools, community gardens, businesses,events and more.
= high quality compost to be put back into gardens for community use etc.

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Sustainability is also associated with the work those people do in the natural environment who are growing the products which the region depends on. Engagement with those communities to keep operating without imposing a significant compliance burden will be welcome
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