Waitaki Herald : January 20th 2016
JANUARY 20, 2016, WAITAKI HERALD 3 Taking in the scenery on the walk behind Benmore Dam are, from left, Jaxon Tutty, Riley John, Brooke Crump, and Tyson and Nico John of Timaru. PHOTO: JOHN BISSET/FAIRFAX NZ Camping grounds chocka LEE JAMIESON Record numbers of people have been staying at Waitaki Lakes camping grounds over the holiday period. Waitaki Lakes camping super- visor Simon Fox said there had been more than 3000 people staying at Waitaki’s six sites: Parsons Rock, Boat Harbour, Wildlife Reserve, Loch Laird, Sailors Cutting and Falstone Creek. ‘‘All of the sites have been The Oamaru Charity Shop owner/manager Bonnie McLellan is frustrated with people dumping rubbish outside of her store. Charity shop dumps infuriating DAISY HUDSON Used condoms, dirty nappies, and faeces-covered clothing are just some of the ‘‘appalling’’ items dumped at Oamaru charity shops. Charity stores are facing mounting rubbish disposal bills and health and safety hazards as people dump their trash outside the shops. The problem has become so bad that some volunteers have quit because of the risk to their health, and one store manager has called on the Waitaki District Council to step in. Salvation Army Thames St Family Store manager Carolyn McLay said people were treating the shop like a dumping ground. ‘‘It’s just gross stuff. You’re almost heaving sometimes.’’ Everything from mouldy cloth- ing to soiled nappies had been dropped into the store, she said. from Ne A safety message om Network W akik Waitaki A sa ssage Limited The electricity company that Delivers power in North Otago 7025720AD ‘‘It’s just gross stuff. You’re almost heaving sometimes . . . One or two of the ladies have actually left because of it. It’s appalling.’’ Carolyn McLay SalvationArmy Thames St Family Store manager ‘‘One or two of the ladies have actually left because of it. It’s appalling.’’ McLay claimed that part of the problem was the ‘‘atrocious’’ fees for dropping rubbish off at the dump. The store had a rubbish bill of $5000 in 2014, and she believed it would have been even higher in 2015. ‘‘I’m sure the council could do something about it.’’ The Salvation Army store was not the only shop being targeted. The Oamaru Charity Shop owner/manager Bonnie McLellan said the dumping problem was ‘‘terrible’’. Among the worst items she had found at the store were used condoms and children’s clothing stained with faeces. Her rubbish bill was between $200 and 400 each month, which was money that could be going back into the community, she said. ‘‘It makes a huge difference to what you can do.’’ Bags of clothing that were left outside the store on Monday night were ripped open and rifled through, leaving a ‘‘huge mess’’ outside the shop. She had considered removing the clothing bins from the front of her store, but felt that would be taking something away from the community. ‘‘I’ve always said you take the bad with the good.’’ Council acting water service and waste manager Michael Goldingham said the council took a hard line on the illegal dumping of rubbish. ‘‘Unfortunately, there are still a number of people that continue to fly tip and leaving rubbish in inappropriate places,’’ Goldingham said. ‘‘Sometimes charity shops are targeted and have waste dumped at their doors.’’ Gathering information such as car registration numbers, or taking a photo, was helpful and could help the council follow up on those instances, he said. busy, especially Sailors Cutting, Loch Laird and Parsons Rock. They’ve all been at full capacity with 500 people,’’ Fox said. People’s behaviour had surpassed previous years and there had only been one incident at Boat Harbour, Otemetata, when young people had been revving up their cars at 1am, he said. ‘‘People with children in tents get a bit panicky when they hear revving cars and people with alcohol.’’ It had mainly been families staying at the camping grounds, in tents and caravans. The number of campervans generally increased after the busiest time in the holiday season, he said. There had been a couple of cases of duck itch at Loch Laird but there had been ‘‘hundreds of people swimming there and nobody else seemed to get it’’. He understood duck itch was like a little snail that gets into the skin and thrived in water that was a little bit stagnant. ‘‘I guess a bit of that water’s stagnated; I’m not really sure.’’ Waitaki mayor Gary Kircher said campers enjoy the facilities beside the lakes as they offer recreational opportunities. You own the meter box on your house, shed or pump shed and you must maintain the meter box to ensure that it stays weatherproof. A water logged meter is a serious hazard and fi re risk. Call Network Waitaki on 0800 440 220 - always think SAFETY around electricity.
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