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Recap: the week ended 26 April

Think Papanui’s curator Simon Britten rounds up stories covered over the past week:

Over this week I’ve seen a lot of backed up traffic on Main North Road southbound through Redwood, due to a lane closure at Prestons Road. These works are due to be completed before next Monday (but there’ll be some more works in the area during the July school holidays).

Last week I mentioned the contentious cost of a picnic table for the Shirley Community site, and there’s been a follow-up in the Nor’West News. I’ve also seen a few elected members and others in the community taking to Facebook to voice various views on the issue.

We’ve had good news for our environment and for the Cranford Basin area in particular, with up to 40,000 kahikatea trees to be planted there in an initiative funded by central Government. This was Think Papanui’s top post of the week. The Cranford Basin will also partially be developed for housing in the next few years, while a large area will continue to be used for stormwater management.

Starting this Saturday 27 April there’ll be a 6-day series of ‘sustainable living‘ events taking place at Papanui Library.

If your wheelie bins are normally collected on a Thursday or Friday you may have noticed by now that there’s been a change due to the ANZAC Day public holiday. Thursday’s collection moved to Friday, and Friday’s to Saturday.

On Think Papanui I have published a reminder that this is a local body election year, and shared City Council information on timing, enrolment, and more.

Closing today: nominations for Community Service Awards close at 5pm today. This is an opportunity to recognise individuals for significant voluntary community service.

Feedback is always welcome on Think Papanui’s content, either on Facebook or Instagram, or directly to me.
With warm regards
Simon Britten