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Our Environment: Issue Issue 10 - Summer 1997:

Our Environment: Christchurch City Council's Environmental Newsletter


City Council units and city environment groups, many of whom have been mentioned among these pages over the years, together formed for the first time, a communal environmental awareness display at the 1996 Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Show. Each of the organisations that participated had their own environmental bent but fitted within the theme, 'Eco-Action - the Way to Go'.

The Water Services Unit promoted water conservation and the Waterway Enhancement Programme, Coast Care highlighted the ongoing work on dune recontouring and coastal management while the Waste Management Unit focussed on composting and waste minimisation. The Community Law Centre's Resource Management Section which offers services in relation to environmental law was promoted as were the facilities, resources, and projects of the Christchurch Environment Centre and Trees for Canterbury. The Agenda 21 Forum encouraged the fostering of biodiversity projects and The Keep Christchurch Beautiful Campaign addressed the problem of litter and its many sources.

The design and layout of the display was a collaborative effort with particular creative effort coming from landscape architect Louisa Davies. Notable features in the tent included a landscaped water display, a hovering seagull made from reused waste and a mini theatre which offered much sought after seating and the opportunity to view a number of educational videos about the environment.

Visitors to the tent were showered with stickers, posters, car litter bags as well as brochures and other information. John Bull Cycles provided a street cycle as a prize for a competition which was designed to encourage entrants to find out more about the exhibits.

Other supporters included the Christchurch City Council Parks Unit which provided a selection of native plants for display purposes, Gooses T-Shirts supplied T-shirts for those staffing the tent and Cafe Express provided much needed caffeine injections for the team.

The A & P Show management team reported record crowds over the three-day show with gate takings 25% up on the previous record shared by the 1990 and 1995 Shows.

Planning for next year's A & P Show activities is beginning. For further information on what is proposed please contact the Keep Christchurch Beautiful office.


Kerry Everingham
Keep Christchurch Beautiful Campaign Co-ordinator
Ph: 371-1779

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