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Blenheim Sun, Blenheim  09 Mar 2018
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Public invited to sit in on MEP work in progress The Council chambers are open to members of the public interested in the discussion around Marlborough's new Environment Plan - the amalgam of the region's resource management planning documents.

A panel of commissioners is considering points raised by submitters in relation to the contents of the 1300 submissions already made on the Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan.

During March, the commissioners will assess the submissions on the Plan provisions relating to significant wetlands, public access and open space, and heritage resources and notable trees. The sessions are open to the public with sitting times set down from 9am to noon and 1pm to 4pm on Monday 12 March and Wednesday 14 March.

Other topics will be heard progressively throughout the year to December 2018.

The MEP will consolidate Council's existing resource management documents into a single plan which becomes the district's guide for future growth and development while also setting out how the region's natural and physical resources should be managed and protected.

Find out more at https://www. resource-management-policy-andplans/proposed-marlboroughenvironment-plan Infometrics report shows Marlborough economy boomed in 2017 Growth in Marlborough's economy has outstripped the national average with Marlborough's annual GDP figures showing the fastest growth since 2006.

The wine industry is getting the best returns since the global finance crisis struck in 2008, forestry prices have been at record highs and Marlborough's other primary industries have been enjoying good prices.

Business investment in Marlborough is on the up and up; for example, commercial vehicle registrations rose 28%, a record high. The growing business confidence pushed up the demand for labour; unemployment dropped to the lowest it's been since 2008.

The earthquake did drag down visitor spending due to the closure of SH1 but there's already been a sharp improvement coming through from the Christmas-New Year period with the reopening of the road.

The quarterly report from Infometrics for December 2017 is now available at https://ecoprofile. QuarterlyEconomicMonitor The Infometrics research, commissioned as part of Council's Smart Business Marlborough economic r development programme, provides free, up-to-date information about the region's economy for local businesses.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - hard to see, hard to kill, breeds fast The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halyomorpha halys) is a serious agricultural and horticultural pest found in Asia which has aggressively invaded the United States.

It's also regularly picked up in NZ border checks - and it could quickly become a real problem for Marlborough if it gets established here.

The Stink Bugs attack crops including grapes, berries, citrus, pipfruit and stonefruit.

While not a risk to human health, the bug also becomes a nuisance as it winters-over in large numbers inside confined spaces such as buildings and vehicles.

The Ministry for Primary Industries wants to prevent this pest from establishing here and says the biggest risk is from goods coming in from the USA, including travellers' personal luggage.

The bug is about the size of a dollar coin; it can be hard to see, it's difficult to kill and it breeds quickly.

Anyone who sees this pest is asked to catch it and immediately call the MPI Hotline - 0800 80 99 66.

There are a number of other stink bug species in New Zealand, but this variety is quite distinctive; slightly larger than other stink bugs at 14-17 mm, bent antennae with white banding and alternate markings on its body.

Community News U3A taps the great reservoir of knowledge, skills and experience that older people have by encouraging further learning and participating in discussions and excursions. Meet second Monday, 2.00 pm at Salvation Army building.

For further information Ph: 579 4844.

Positive Ageing - essential foot care Foot care can prevent mobility problems and social isolation; it is a crucial part of nursing care, particularly for older patients, who may be unable to care for their own feet.

Even minor foot issues left unattended can lead to more serious problems. For example, dryness that is associated with reduced blood flow may cause the skin to split resulting in painful fissures then poor circulation may lead to a higher risk of infection where skin is broken.

Older people may have difficulty cutting their own toenails because they find it hard to reach their toenails or they have poor eyesight. Some find nail clippers difficult to use, especially as toenails can thicken with age.

Keep feet in good condition: Ideally, feet should be washed every day; dry them well, especially between the toes Socks or stockings should be changed daily Apply moisturising cream daily to help protect the skin - avoiding the area between the toes which can split Cut straight across toenails (do not cut nails too short or cut down the sides) Check footwear for comfort, safety and stability.

Podiatry services, including home calls, are available in Marlborough. Check yellow pages, the internet, your GP or Aged Concern/Grey Power.

Boil water notice - Awatere and Seddon Water from Council's reticulation system in Seddon and the Awatere should be boiled. It does not currently meet the NZ Drinking Water Standard and may contain bacteria or protozoa that are harmful to human health.

Treated water is available at the public tap on the corner of Marama Road and Foster Street.

A new Seddon water treatment plant is under d construction and will supply treated water to the NZ Drinking Water Standard.

For further information contact our Customer Service Centre Ph: 03 520 7400.

Bringing values and life skills programme to our schools Mayor John Leggett joined staff, sponsors and supporters of the Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough last week to hear more about the expansion of its programmes in this region.

This year more than 2,000 Marlborough children and young people will be participating in Graeme Dingle Foundation programmes; Kiwi Can is now in 11 local schools reaching half of this region's primary-aged children each week while Career Navigator, a career mentoring programme connecting senior students with local industry, is getting underway at MBC and MGC.

The Foundation's regional manager Kelvin Watt says the Kiwi Can programme fosters the 'soft skills' that children need to be successful in the workforce of the future and Career Navigator will help identify career opportunities for them right here in Marlborough.

"It's exciting to be part of something that not only improves the social fabric of the region, but also has significant long-term economic benefits," he said.

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Mayor Leggett with three of Marlborough's young Kiwi Can leaders from left; Kahu Tauwhare, Jordan Peipi, Katie Foley-Taylor.

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