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MARLBOROUGH DISTRICT COUNCIL Sounds News Marlborough Roads turns its hand to airstrips D'Urville Island's Moawhitu airstrip received some essential maintenance repairs while the team from Marlborough Roads NOC JV were on the island completing the annual road maintenance programme. Marlborough Roads NOC JV is a joint venture between Fulton Hogan and Heb Construction who together manage the Network Outcomes Contract maintaining the roading functions for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency for state highways and for the local Marlborough Roads Project Manager Antony Mackay says the Department of Conservation (DOC) took the opportunity to complete much needed maintenance of the airstrip while Marlborough Roads had the large machinery required for the repairs on site Located in Greville Harbour the airstrip was originally built in the early 1980s by Fred Leov, a local landowner, Wild pigs had since uprooted and destroyed a large section of the airstrip shoulders. The crews regraded and rolled the shoulders, not only repairing the damage but improving the drainage and runoft. The team also rolled the full length of the 730 metre main airstrip and access road from the lake to the top of the hill gate DOC Senior Ranger Margot Ferrier said she has received positive feedback from airstrip users and thanked contractors for a job well done, and for coordinating and being witing to work with all parties for a successful outcome. Mr Mackay said the team enjoyed working on the island. "Safety is a very important aspect of our business and we appreciated the opportunity to help make a difference to provide safer use of the airstrip for locals and visitors. The airstrip is mainly used by bach owners, hunters and tour groups. The completed upgrade of Mootor He krero n te Kaunihera o Wairau Young Picton environmentalists walk the talk Think globally, act locally is a mantra taken seriously by young Picton residents Hazel, Opal and Tui Fishburn. Aged nine, seven and four respectively, the trio demonstrate their commitment to the environment with regular outings to collect rubbish, accompanied by Mum Jessie-Lee. The older girls are members of the Kaitiaki environmental group at Picton School. "My daughters and I love cleaning up our local parks and reserves and after we saw how much rubbish had been thrown down the roadside on the one-way system going up Victoria Domain in Picton, we headed out for a clean up after school," wrote Jessie-Lee in an email to Council recently "Unfortunately, there was much more rubbish down the steep banks than we initially thought. After much scrambling up and down and handling all the sharp dirty bottles. cans, clothing, takeaways, a bike and a vacuum cleaner and more unmentionable items, the tray of our truck was covered," she said They have also made visits to the Wairau Bar and waded the stream the whole way through Pollard Park earlier this year to remove rubbish "We had been on a family picnic to Pollard Park and the girls were sad to see all the plastic bread tags and trash in the clear waters all through the park so decided to come back with wetsuits, shoes and gloves and do the hard mahi" Jessie-Lee said. The girls also have friends that do this on walks and even go snorkelling and wading down streams to clean and collect all the rubbish they find. "The local children take great pride in the natural beauty of our wee town and wider region and get upset to see others litter and dump rubbish their Mum said. To support the ongoing work of these pint-sized Picton environmentalists, Council has come to the party with free rubbish bags and a waiver of fees at the Picton Transfer Station Solid Waste Manager Alec McNeil says the efforts of the girls and their mumis to be applauded "We can learn a lot from our younger generation who have a keen awareness of the need for better environmental practices," Mr McNeil said. "No one needs to dump rubbish when there are public facilities provided for them to dispose of their waste responsibly," he said. SIST TUX Young Picton resident Haze Opoland Tu Fishburn on one of their regulor loroys to clean up local parks and reserves The trio's hou of rubbish found along the roodside on Victoria Domin Council's Harbours team - working to ensure our waterways are safe for everyone to enjoy. Contact the Harbourmaster's Office if you need advice or information about Marlborough's harbours. 03 520 7400 | HARBOURS@MARLBOROUGH.GOVT.NZ WWW.MARLBOROUGH.GOVT.NZ | 03 520 7400 | 15 SEYMOUR STREET, BLENHEIM, 7201 NEW ZEALAND MARLBOROUGH DISTRICT COUNCIL Sounds News Marlborough Roads turns its hand to airstrips D'Urville Island's Moawhitu airstrip received some essential maintenance repairs while the team from Marlborough Roads NOC JV were on the island completing the annual road maintenance programme . Marlborough Roads NOC JV is a joint venture between Fulton Hogan and Heb Construction who together manage the Network Outcomes Contract maintaining the roading functions for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency for state highways and for the local Marlborough Roads Project Manager Antony Mackay says the Department of Conservation ( DOC ) took the opportunity to complete much needed maintenance of the airstrip while Marlborough Roads had the large machinery required for the repairs on site Located in Greville Harbour the airstrip was originally built in the early 1980s by Fred Leov , a local landowner , Wild pigs had since uprooted and destroyed a large section of the airstrip shoulders . The crews regraded and rolled the shoulders , not only repairing the damage but improving the drainage and runoft . The team also rolled the full length of the 730 metre main airstrip and access road from the lake to the top of the hill gate DOC Senior Ranger Margot Ferrier said she has received positive feedback from airstrip users and thanked contractors for a job well done , and for coordinating and being witing to work with all parties for a successful outcome . Mr Mackay said the team enjoyed working on the island . " Safety is a very important aspect of our business and we appreciated the opportunity to help make a difference to provide safer use of the airstrip for locals and visitors . The airstrip is mainly used by bach owners , hunters and tour groups . The completed upgrade of Mootor He krero n te Kaunihera o Wairau Young Picton environmentalists walk the talk Think globally , act locally is a mantra taken seriously by young Picton residents Hazel , Opal and Tui Fishburn . Aged nine , seven and four respectively , the trio demonstrate their commitment to the environment with regular outings to collect rubbish , accompanied by Mum Jessie - Lee . The older girls are members of the Kaitiaki environmental group at Picton School . " My daughters and I love cleaning up our local parks and reserves and after we saw how much rubbish had been thrown down the roadside on the one - way system going up Victoria Domain in Picton , we headed out for a clean up after school , " wrote Jessie - Lee in an email to Council recently " Unfortunately , there was much more rubbish down the steep banks than we initially thought . After much scrambling up and down and handling all the sharp dirty bottles . cans , clothing , takeaways , a bike and a vacuum cleaner and more unmentionable items , the tray of our truck was covered , " she said They have also made visits to the Wairau Bar and waded the stream the whole way through Pollard Park earlier this year to remove rubbish " We had been on a family picnic to Pollard Park and the girls were sad to see all the plastic bread tags and trash in the clear waters all through the park so decided to come back with wetsuits , shoes and gloves and do the hard mahi " Jessie - Lee said . The girls also have friends that do this on walks and even go snorkelling and wading down streams to clean and collect all the rubbish they find . " The local children take great pride in the natural beauty of our wee town and wider region and get upset to see others litter and dump rubbish their Mum said . To support the ongoing work of these pint - sized Picton environmentalists , Council has come to the party with free rubbish bags and a waiver of fees at the Picton Transfer Station Solid Waste Manager Alec McNeil says the efforts of the girls and their mumis to be applauded " We can learn a lot from our younger generation who have a keen awareness of the need for better environmental practices , " Mr McNeil said . " No one needs to dump rubbish when there are public facilities provided for them to dispose of their waste responsibly , " he said . SIST TUX Young Picton resident Haze Opoland Tu Fishburn on one of their regulor loroys to clean up local parks and reserves The trio's hou of rubbish found along the roodside on Victoria Domin Council's Harbours team - working to ensure our waterways are safe for everyone to enjoy . Contact the Harbourmaster's Office if you need advice or information about Marlborough's harbours . 03 520 7400 | HARBOURS@MARLBOROUGH.GOVT.NZ WWW.MARLBOROUGH.GOVT.NZ | 03 520 7400 | 15 SEYMOUR STREET , BLENHEIM , 7201 NEW ZEALAND