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Pest removal from port
30 Jun 2015
A team of marine biosecurity divers from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council will begin work to remove marine pest, the Mediterranean Fanworm, from Gisborne Port on Tuesday 30 June. Read more >>
Wainui cycleway set to be extended after government funding boost
26 Jun 2015
Cycling in Gisborne is set to become safer, easier and more enjoyable following today’s announcement that the Government is investing $1.3 million from the Urban Cycleways Fund into a major extension of the Wainui-Kaiti cycleway. Read more >>
Safety improvements for cycleway
22 Jun 2015
The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) commissioned a safety audit of the Kaiti-Wainui cycleway. As a result they will spend $23,000 on safety improvements with work starting this month. Read more >>
Marine pest found in the harbour
19 Jun 2015
The marine pest Mediterranean fanworm has been found in Gisborne harbour by divers inspecting the training wall. Only one fanworm was found last week and it may be possible to eradicate it. “We’re currently working through what options are available with the Ministry of Primary Industries as Council doesn’t have underwater capability,” says shared services science manager Lois Easton. “Department of Conservation has previously assisted Council with marine pest incursions, and we will ask Eastland Port whether they can also assist us.” Fanworm is considered an unwanted pest found mainly in ports or estuaries in 1m – 30m deep water. “It can have significant environmental impacts as well as extensively fouling boats and marine structures,” says Ms Easton. The fanworm has become established in Lyttelton Port, the wider Waitemata Harbour in Auckland and in Whangarei Harbour. The worm can be transported on dirty boat hulls, inside sea chests and emergency fire intakes. Boat operators are reminded to keep hulls clean, ensure the antifouling paint is in good condition and to always check their hulls and equipment such as buoys, boat trailers and fishing gear to prevent transferring the pest between locations. Read more >>
Annual phone survey has begun
18 Jun 2015
You may get a phone call this month asking you to take part in our annual resident satisfaction survey. Read more >>

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