Southern View: August 06, 2019

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Litter lovers recognised with award

• By Georgia O’Connor-Harding

IT’S A dirty job, but someone

has to do it.

That is Hornby’s Trevor

and Alison Murray’s reason behind

why they will pick up any

litter, broken glass and

dog faeces they see while

walking throughout the suburb.

“Somebody has got to do it,”

Mrs Murray said.

Every day while walking their

two dogs Abby and Macey, the

couple will clean up the suburb’s

parks and streets, along with reporting

anything on city council

property needing repairs.

They will now be presented

with a Keep Christchurch Beautiful

Award in recognition of

their hard work at the Tūranga

Library tonight.

Mrs Murray, who is also a

member of the Greater Hornby

Residents’ Association, said

she was “thrilled” to have been

acknowledged.

The couple will often walk to

areas including Oakhampton

Reserve, Trevor Reserve and

the old Branston Intermediate

School site.

“One day we came home with

three cartons of alcohol cans

and bottles left at the old school.

It is things like that, that really

disgusts me,” Mrs Murray said.

Her message to other residents

is to “clean up after yourself.”

“I am not saying I am perfect,

because I am not, but it never

hurts people to pick up rubbish,”

Mrs Murray said.

Her message also goes to dog

owners not picking up their

dog’s faeces in public spaces.

“You are not allowed to leave

it on the ground but some dog

owners don’t care . . . it is a legal

requirement but it is also a moral

obligation,” Mrs Murray said.

She said she gets annoyed with

takeaway restaurants due to the

amount of rubbish she finds.

Her other concerns are children

injuring themselves as a

result of broken glass left on the

streets.

“The city council can’t

TIDY KIWIS:

Hornby residents

Trevor and

Alison Murray

clean up rubbish

every day while

walking their two

dogs Macey and

Abby.

PHOTO: MARTIN

HUNTER

afford to have the parks

cleaned up . . . it comes back to

us unless they want to put up

their rates.”

Last year the association

obtained a litter picker,

gloves and bags from the

Keep Christchurch Beautiful

organisation to allow Mr and

Mrs Murray to continue their

efforts.

In Brief

HALSWELL POOL HOURS

Last week the Western News reported

the hours for extending

the Te Hāpua: Halswell Summer

Pool had been confirmed.

The city council will trial having

the pool hours open from

6.30am-9pm on Friday and

10am-7pm on Saturdays and

Sundays. The Western News

failed to mention the hours will

also be extended from 6.30am-

7pm Monday to Thursday.

The pool usually opens from

mid-November until March

and the hours are usually

11.30am-7pm.

EMISSIONS TARGET

The Halswell-Hornby-

Riccarton Community Board

will meet on Wednesday to

make a submission on the

city council’s district’s climate

change strategy. It is currently

consulting on what emission

targets it should be adopting.

Consultation closes on August

14. The meeting on the board’s

submission will be held on

Wednesday at the Fendalton

Library, cnr Jeffreys and

Clyde Rds. To make a

submission and to find out

more information go to the

city council’s “have your say”

page.

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