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Published: 2008-03-20 00:00:00

Environment Waikato is running a networking field day for people interested or involved in improving the environment in their local community.

“This would be of particular interest to people who are keen to roll up their sleeves and start or join an environmental care group, or for those who already belong to care groups,” Environment Waikato sustainable agriculture coordinator Bala Tikkisetty said.

Care groups carry out environmental restoration projects in their communities, with technical advice and funding support from organisations and agencies such as Environment Waikato.

Hosted by the Mangawara Landcare group, the networking day is happening on Wednesday, April 9 at the Hoe O Tainui Hall (north-east of Orini) and all Waikato residents are invited. It will begin at 9.30am and finish at 3pm.

“There will be presentations on river management and from a variety of different care groups about the work they’re doing, so it’s a great opportunity to get together with like-minded people and share ideas,” Mr Tikkisetty said.

There will also be a site visit to the Mangawara River, where tree planting, erosion control and other restoration work has been done over more than 20 years.

“This site is an example of how much can be achieved when people work together,” Mr Tikkisetty said.

“Environmental management is not rocket science; it simply requires technical knowledge, resources and commitment. We can help with the first two, but the last is critical and it has to come from the community.”

To register for the networking day please call Bala Tikkisetty or Lyn Clement on 0800 800 401 by April 4.

“We are thinking of running a bus from our offices at 401 Grey St, Hamilton to the venue, so please call if you are interested,” Mr Tikkisetty said.

The networking day is free and lunch and refreshments will be provided.