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Community invited to get involved in swim spot spruce ups

Horizons Regional Council are inviting the community to get involved in sprucing up popular swim spots at weekend events over the next few weeks.

Horizons science and innovation manager Abby Matthews says the events in each district will include a river or beach clean up, giving people the opportunity to contribute to improving water quality and environment.

“With the help of city and district councils we’re calling everyone from near and far to come along and lend a hand from 10am until 12 noon,” says Ms Matthews.

“Thanks to local radio stations there will also be spot prizes, a free BBQ and ‘Nice’ blocks – plus every family that comes along will go in the draw to win a grocery voucher so they can grab a picnic for the next time they head off for a swim.”

Ms Matthews says improving the health of rivers and streams takes a lot of hard work, resources and time.

“However, if everyone works together, we can make lasting change. Our staff will be onsite at each clean up and available to have a chat about our work, as well as what the public can do such as taking part in community planting days and thinking about what they put down the drains.”

Horizons has already hosted one event in Taumarunui last weekend and the upcoming events are as follows:

• Sunday 17 February Timona Park, Feilding
• Sunday 24 February Kahuterawa Reserve, Palmerston North
• Saturday 2 March Castlecliff Beach, Whanganui
• Saturday 23 March Kimberley Reserve, Levin
• Saturday 30 March Ferry Reserve, Woodville
• Saturday 6 April Bulls Bridge, Bulls

For more information about the events keep an eye on Horizons’ social media accounts, tune in to More FM or email communications@horizons.govt.nz.

More information about how the community can get involved in doing their bit for water quality can be found online at horizons.govt.nz. Also available is information about the wider Horizons’ swim spot campaign and monitoring programme, including the #swiminourregion competition and $1,500 water related prize.

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