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Keep Waihi Beautiful

KNZBWaihigroupAn overwhelming response to a post on a community Facebook page has inspired an exciting local initiative.

Waihi Ward Councillor Anne Marie Spicer says a post about litter on the Waihi Grapevine Facebook page a few months ago generated a huge response from the Waihi community.

“Comments on the post were generally very constructive. People were keen to know what they could do to help clean up our town and this project has just grown from there,” she said.

Spicer, local resident Jonette Mead and other interested residents have since formed Keep Waihi Beautiful, which aims to encourage locals to take pride in their town. The group will be working closely with Keep New Zealand Beautiful (KNZB), a charitable trust dedicated to keeping our communities clean, safe and beautiful.

Monthly clean ups

To begin with the Waihi group is focusing on monthly public rubbish clean ups, coordinating clean ups with local school students, and designing an education programme. Future possibilities include street beautification and cleaning up waterways.

Hauraki District Council has contributed $2,226 to the project, which includes Keep New Zealand Beautiful membership and opens up support and resources to other community groups should they wish to do something similar in their town.

Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga says in his experience the most successful projects always start at a community level.

“There’s almost no limit to the things that can be achieved when like-minded people come together with a great idea and a shared passion and this is a great example of that. It’s a beautiful thing,” he said.

First clean up day planned

Keep Waihi Beautiful is holding its first public clean-up day on 21 May.